30 of Hollywood's Most Infamous Celebrity Feuds
In Hollywood, big egos are a dime a dozen. That’s what makes it so easy for epic feuds to bubble up over the years between big-name entertainers. From film legends to music moguls, here’s a look back at the most memorable celebrity feuds of all time.
Jennifer Lopez vs. Mariah Carey
Let's start things out on a high note. Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez have one of the most well-known feuds in the music industry. Back in the early '00s, J. Lo was working on new music with Carey's ex-husband Tommy Mottola, then head of Sony Music.
Alex Pettyfer vs. Channing Tatum
Magic Mike was a film about male strippers with friendships as tight as their g-strings. Behind the scenes, co-stars Pettyfer and Tatum were quite the opposite. On Bret Easton Ellis' podcast, Pettyfer owned up to his bad boy reputation from previous films. He claimed that while shooting Magic Mike, he kept his distance from others to stay out of trouble. That idea backfired and added fuel to his difficult reputation on set.
Freddie Prinze Jr. vs. Kiefer Sutherland
Freddie Prinze Jr. was a teen heartthrob in the late ‘90s in blockbusters like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer. When he broke into more serious acting on TV’s 24, he almost quit showbiz for good. The reason? His costar, Kiefer Sutherland.
Paris Hilton vs. Lindsay Lohan
In the early aughts, paparazzi swarmed to nightclubs to snap photos of socialites and starlets. Hilton made herself a household name by partying for the cameras with the likes of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. But after years of partying, things took a turn.
Justin Bieber vs. Orlando Bloom
Biebs and Bloom started their feud back in 2012 at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Naturally. Bieber would not leave Orlando’s then-wife Miranda Kerr alone. A few years later, Bloom hurled a chair at Bieber in Ibiza in response to Bieber’s continued commentary on Kerr.
Destiny's Child vs. Destiny's Child
Being a “Survivor” was no easy task for the members of Destiny’s Child. The R&B girl group went through a revolving door of members as they earned mainstream success. Original members LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett learned they were out of the group when a video for “Say My Name” came out and they weren’t in it.
Bill Maher vs. Howard Stern
These comic legends had it out for each other for over two decades. Back in '97 on his talk show Politically Incorrect, Maher brought up Stern's new film Private Parts for discussion. The next day, Stern ripped into Maher on the radio for bringing up his film on a political talk show. Stern angrily trashed Maher's career and called him and his father, radio announcer William Maher Jr., "total bores."
Rosie O’Donnell vs. Elisabeth Hasselback
In 2006, O'Donnell announced her triumphant return to television as a co-host on The View. The political chat show already had conservative ex-Survivor Hasselback on as a co-host, so adding the left-leaning O'Donnell was a recipe for heated conversation. However, O'Donnell's hosting duties wouldn't last long.
Kim Cattrall vs. Sarah Jessica Parker
For all the diehard Sex and the City fans that pined for a third movie, Cattrall let the most disappointing cat out of the bag. It turns out, Cattrall never felt a warm reception from Parker throughout the entirety of the series.
Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry
This sugary sweet pop star scuffle started when Perry started dating John Mayer, Swift's former flame. To add insult to injury, Perry swiped her former dancers from Swift in the middle of Swift’s tour. A few diss tracks and cryptic tweets later, it was clear these ladies had "bad blood."
Madonna vs. David Letterman
It’s the most legendary (and most awkward) late-night talk show interview of all time. On The Late Show in ‘94, Letterman introduced Madonna as a star, “who slept with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.”
Cardi B. vs. Nicki Minaj
Comparisons between the two female rappers started in 2017 when Cardi B broke into the mainstream with “Bodak Yellow”. Minaj responded to feud rumors by calling on the rap industry to stop pitting women against each other. However, their rap lyrics quickly indicated sour grapes on both sides.
Sean Penn vs. Lee Daniels
This feud was so major it had to go to court. When news outlets responded to reports Empire star Terrance Howard reportedly beat his wife, Daniels came to his defense. “Terrance ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn.”
Elizabeth Taylor vs. Debbie Reynolds
When Taylor's husband Mike Todd died in a plane crash, she sought comfort from friends and loved ones. Unfortunately for her longtime friend Debbie Reynolds, one source of Taylor’s comfort was Reynolds' husband, Eddie Fisher. Tabloids ran so wild with details of Fisher and Taylor's affair that Taylor released a statement, claiming: "You can't break up a happy marriage. Debbie and Eddie's never has been."
Teri Hatcher vs. Other Desperate Housewives
Things were far from neighborly on the fictional street of Wisteria Lane. Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan reportedly hated how Teri Hatcher acted like she was the star of the ensemble comedy. Sheridan even called Hatcher, “the meanest woman in the world.”
Isaiah Washington vs. Other Doctors on Grey’s Anatomy
Derek Shepherd and Preston Burke were close coworkers on Grey’s Anatomy. Behind the scenes, things were far from professional with Isaiah Washington and costar Patrick Dempsey. Things came to a head when Dempsey and Washington got into a violent brawl on set after years of growing tension.
Terrance Howard vs. Robert Downey Jr.
In the first Iron Man movie of the Marvel franchise, Howard played the role of Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes. After the success of the first film, a sequel was in the works, but Howard was no longer part of the cast. The reason? Howard attributed his cut to a salary dispute, with the bulk of the funds going to Downey Jr. and the studio not having enough money for Howard.
Anjelica Huston vs. Hollywood
Recently, Hollywood icon Anjelica Huston opened up to Vulture about her life in a candid interview and revealed her feuds with several other icons. Take Oprah Winfrey. After Huston beat Winfrey for Best Supporting Actress at the ‘85 Academy Awards, Winfrey avoided her at all costs. The only encounter they’ve ever had was when Winfrey stepped right in front of her during an intimate chat with Clint Eastwood.
Ja Rule vs. 50 Cent
This isn’t merely a feud that expresses itself through song lyrics. The two Bronx rappers have been at odds since 1999 after one of 50 Cent’s friends robbed Ja Rule. The bad blood led to several physical confrontations, including 50 Cent getting stabbed by Ja Rule in a recording studio.
The Rock vs. Vin Diesel
For a film franchise about big cars and bigger attitudes, this feud seems rather fitting. When Johnson was cast in Fast and Furious 8, no one expected him to post on Instagram that some of his male co-stars were acting childish. Rumors about who he was referring to ran rampant.
Jimmy Kimmel vs. Sean Hannity
Hannity started up a major talk show feud after Kimmel joked about Melania Trump’s accent. Hannity came to the First Lady’s defense and called Kimmel, “a despicable disgrace,” and an “a-- clown”. Funnyman Kimmel took the bait and responded, calling Hannity, “the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey of a-- clownsmanship.”
Jay-Z vs. Kanye West
Kanye West has put his foot in his mouth over the years and has had his fair share of feuds. But no one saw this monumental hip-hop friendship coming to an end. In 2016, West went on a rant during his Saint Pablo tour and called out Jay-Z’s entire family.
Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford
This Hollywood feud is one for the record books. These two film legends started butting heads over actor Franchot Tone. Davis had her heart set on Tone, but Crawford wound up marrying the actor. Ever since their marriage, the two actresses competed for roles and made their distaste for each other known.
Gwyneth Paltrow vs. Martha Stewart
The battle of the blonde lifestyle brands bubbled up in 2008 when Paltrow launched Goop. Stewart, the undisputed queen of the lifestyle brand, was far from supportive. With a cutting jab, Stewart proclaimed, “She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.” Ouch, Martha.
Andy Cohen vs. Kathy Griffin
After Griffin’s infamous photo of her with Trump’s severed head (it was a clown mask and ketchup) went viral, Hollywood turned its back on her. CNN fired Griffin from the network’s New Year’s Eve Live broadcast and replaced her with Cohen. TMZ later caught Cohen for a street interview, where he bizarrely pretended not to know Griffin.
Shirley McClain vs. Debra Winger
Another legendary Hollywood feud was between the stars of the 1983 dramatic film Terms of Endearment. Things didn’t go well when the two actresses first met for the film. MacLaine was an accomplished Hollywood actress, and Winger was a new star on the rise.
Julianna Margulies vs. Archie Panjabi
Archie Panjabi’s exit from The Good Wife after 6 seasons raised red flags for fans. Many suspected she left because of tensions between her and Julianna Margulies. Things got really suspicious when the show confessed the actresses filmed their final scene together separately.
William Shatner vs. George Takei
This feud appears to have started in the '60s on the set of Star Trek. According to Takei's autobiography To the Stars, Shatner's legendary ego was no legend. In the book, Takei claims Shatner would pretend not to know him on set and prevented Takei's character from ever taking command of the ship.
R2D2 vs. C3P0
It turns out that all of the bickering between the lovable Star Wars droids had more vitriol to it than we thought. The actors behind the robots, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels, did not get along. Baker, who played R2-D2, was uncharacteristically vocal about his negative feelings towards Daniels.
Katherine Heigl vs. Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes is one of the most powerful people in television. With so many successful shows under her belt, an actor would be foolish to disrupt her recipe for success. Enter Katherine Heigl. Heigl was reportedly very difficult to work with on the set of Grey’s Anatomy.