Struggles on Set: 7 TV Twosomes Who Avoided One-on-One Time
JULIANNA MARGULIES AND ARCHIE PANJABI
Shortly after The Good Wife costars' final scene together aired, rumors began swirling that tension was so thick between the women that their last exchange had been filmed separately. Though Panjabi initially chose simply not to deny that discord was behind the lack of shared Alicia/Kalinda screen time in her final seasons, Margulies insisted at a 2015 New Yorker Festival in October that no bad blood existed and that "people like to have gossip or make something out of something that isn't there." Though Margulies attributed the split filming to Panjabi's schedule, the Bend It Like Beckham star fired back on Twitter, adding more fuel to this feud's fire.
SHANNEN DOHERTY AND JENNIE GARTH
"We're both very strong, independent women, so we butt heads a lot," Garth (left) said in 2014 about her reportedly bitter relationship with Doherty (center) on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210. "There were times when we wanted to claw each other's eyes out," she added. The rivalry is now all in the past, and the actresses have since made up. "We've both grown up," Doherty explained to PEOPLE in 2008.
PATRICK DEMPSEY AND ISAIAH WASHINGTON
MARIAH CAREY AND NICKI MINAJ
Rumors of a feud between the two judges were brewing before shooting had even started on the 12th season of American Idol. Although the divas denied any animosity, within a few weeks, it became clear that the tension was real. "I'm not gonna get into what it was, but let's just say I don't think they had any intentions for us to have a good experience doing that show," Carey recalled in May of her brief judging gig. "Pinning two females against each other wasn't cool. ... It should've been about the contestants instead of being about some non-existent feud that turned into more ridiculousness."
MARCIA CROSS AND TERI HATCHER
As if Wisteria Lane could get any more dramatic: The results were disastrous when the stars of Desperate Housewives gathered for a Vanity Fair cover shoot in 2005. According to the story's writer, Ned Zeman, jealousy over Hatcher's unofficial star-of-the-show status caused "obvious tension among the women." In his article, Zeman wrote that Cross stormed off the set when Hatcher was posed center in the shot, leaving Hatcher to break down in tears.
GEORGE TAKEI AND WILLIAM SHATNER
Takei and Shatner's feud is long-standing and well-known. "George has been mean to me for a long time," Shatner said in a 2008 video. Takei has said their distaste for each other began on the set of Star Trek because "it's difficult working with someone who is not a team player." But Takei has also accused Shatner of using their feud to stay in the spotlight: "Whenever he needs a little publicity for a project, he pumps up the so-called controversy between us," the actor told The New York Times Magazine.
JANET HUBERT-WHITTEN AND WILL SMITH
Hubert has not hidden her anger toward Smith, whom she holds responsible for her being replaced with another actress for the role of Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air during the show's final three years. In 1994, Hubert unsuccessfully sued Smith and NBC for slander, emotional distress and negligence. "I will never do anything with an a------ like Will Smith," she said in 2011 when pressed about her absence from a recent cast reunion.
KERMIT THE FROG AND MISS PIGGY
When the couple announced their heartbreaking split in August, they insisted they'd "continue to work together on television" even though their "personal lives are now distinct and separate." (Pause to reflect.) But the pair also fessed up to some "considerable squabbling," and tensions clearly run high on the set of The Muppets' series-within-a-series Up Late with Miss Piggy. "It can be tough to work with your ex," Kermit admitted at a press conference, where he referred to his former love as a "pig" multiple times. Also said the frog on their ABC mockumentary: "My life is a bacon-wrapped hell."