He starred in some of our favorite TV shows – but sometimes the real drama is off the cameras.
These actors and presenters prove that on-screen chemistry doesn’t necessarily translate into happy working relationships.
This week George Takei reignited his long-running feud with fellow Star Trek actor William Shatner to make a historic space trip at the age of 90.
When asked about his thoughts on Shatner’s visit on Wednesday, Takei couldn’t resist a sly dig at his old co-star’s expense.
“He is boldly going where others have gone before,” he jokingly joked the famous phrase of his old colleague.
The pair have publicly argued for years, with Takei once accusing Shatner of neglecting him on set and alleging that he changed the script to reduce his character’s role.
But they’re far from the only pair on set to butt head.
From stand-up rows to tumultuous tensions, here we round up some of TV’s biggest and most toxic feuds.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny
The actors – who played Mulder and Scully in the cult smash The X-Files – reportedly fought tirelessly on set.
David, 61, admitted that the pair “couldn’t stand each other’s eyes” after working so closely together in the ’90s.
He said: “Familiarity breeds contempt. It has nothing to do with the other person.
“All that goes away and you are just left with admiration and love for the people you have worked with for so long. We didn’t argue about anything.”
And Gillian, 53, admitted that “there were definitely times when we hated each other”.
She said: “It was intense, and we were both a*** aching at different times,” before further refusing to “get into it”.
Philip Scofield and Amanda Holden
Schoff is said to have reportedly stopped Amanda from replacing Holly Willoughby when he filmed I’m a Celeb.
A source revealed that the 50-year-old’s choice to leave Amanda was “strongly influenced by Phil”.
Rochelle Humes got the gig instead – but Phillip denies the allegations.
The following summer Amanda claimed that the 59-year-old presenter had defied her attempt to patch things up with “olive branch coffee” the previous year.
Gemma Collins and Jason Gardiner
In January 2019, Gemma Collins revealed that someone was selling stories about her “diva” behavior on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.
He later accused the show’s judge, Jason Gardiner, who pointed out that the reality TV star is “lazy” and “mediocre”.
She even compared it to a refrigerator, to which Gemma retaliated by shouting “You’re boring”.
After Gemma accused him of bullying, the 47-year-old announced that he was leaving the show after 13 years.
Lindsay Lohan and America Ferrera
Former Hollywood wild child Lindsay was supposed to appear in six episodes of Ugly Betty.
But her character’s run on the show was reduced to only four after a conflict with lead actress America.
A source close to Lindsay said: “America was mean to Lindsay.
“The producers give her too much power. Lindsay didn’t do the last two episodes because America didn’t like her and fired her.
Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson
While viewers were pushing for Gilmore Girls’ Luke and Lorelai to get together, a feud erupted in Stars Hollow.
Stories surfaced that the pair actively avoided each other on set – but both denied the rift.
Lauren recently described her relationship with Scott as “fine”, adding: “I think these characters have great chemistry and it reflects our chemistry as people. We’re not intimate.”
Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall
There was always talk of tension between SJP and Kim on the sets of Sex and the City.
Famously, it was reported that Cattrall was upset when she learned that Parker earned more than her co-stars.
Years later, talks of a third SATC film were called off when rumors began to spread about Cattrall’s demands.
Kim hit back, saying: “That’s where I hire the guys from Sex and the City, and especially Sarah Jessica Parker, in which I think she could have been good.
“I really think she could have been good. I don’t know what her problem is, I never have.”
Barbara Windsor and Jesse Wallace
She used to yell at punters in her role as Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell, but Dame Barbara once got “furious” at her co-star Jesse for real.
Babs, who died in December 2020 after battling Alzheimer’s, said: “Jesse Wallace was the first time I had a flare.
“She was late, she was young. She is no longer the same. I lost my temper.”
The latter pair up and Babs said: “We really liked each other and she’s a good actress.
“But I told him not to do that and arrive at the last minute. It was unprofessional.”
Danny Minogue and Sharon Osbourne
When Danny was added to the X-Factor judging panel in the fourth series, the pair nodded.
Sharon wrote in her 2013 autobiography: “Outwardly, Danny seemed all ‘Oh, I love kids and puppies.
“But in my opinion, it was dark, very deep.”
In a 2007 episode of The Graham Norton Show, Sharon said that Danny was only a judge on the show because of her looks and made fun of her Botox.
When another guest asked what Minogue looked like, Sharon leaned over and pointed to her bum. Mature.