Fame comes with many things: cash, influence, and the possibility of betrayal at every turn. Sometimes, in order to protect or advance your own fleeting, delicate fame, you need to throw someone else under the proverbial bus. Here are ten celebrities who have helped themselves at the cost of others.
BRAD PITT VS. JENNIFER ANISTON
After Pitt divorced Aniston in 2005, Pitt defended the split by telling the press that he was bored, and tired of pretending his marriage was better than it was, deflecting the rumors that he actually left Aniston after cheating on her with Angelina Jolie during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). He made it seem like it was Aniston’s fault all along. Very classy.
ROBIN THICKE VS. PHARRELL
When Thicke and Pharrell’s ‘Blurred Lines’ took over the radio in 2013, Thicke was happy to take credit for writing the summer anthem, despite the notorious naked-lady music video controversy. But when the family of Marvin Gaye filed a copyright lawsuit against the duo, Thicke immediately admitted that Pharrell wrote the entire song. While the two bear no ill will towards each other, it was still a shady move by Thicke.
GWYNETH PALTROW VS. WINONA RYDER
According to legend, Ryder and Paltrow were pretty close friends during the 1990s, both dating one half of the inseparable Affleck/Damon team… until Ryder left her Shakespeare in Love script laying around and Paltrow scooped the Oscar-winning role. And we thought it was Winona with the sticky fingers.
DENISE RICHARDS VS. HEATHER LOCKLEAR
Once best friends and neighbors, Locklear and Richards would often discuss their marital problems, with Locklear married to Bon Jovi guitarist and cleft chin poster boy Richie Sambora. Gossip states that Richards encouraged Locklear to divorce Sambora, but when Richards began dating Sambora soon after, it became clear that her advice may not have been so selfless.
JON HAMM VS. KIM KARDASHIAN
In an offhanded comment, Hamm stated that “being an idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture,” citing Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian as prime examples of American stupidity being unjustifiably rewarded. Kim, in a moment of uncharacteristic wisdom, put out the feud before it even started by calmly reacting on Twitter that she respected Hamm either way.
CHELSEA HANDLER VS. NICK CANNON
Comedians are in a constant struggle to remain relevant, and sometimes that entails dissing other comedians to prove that you’re funnier. When Handler tweeted that she didn’t know who’d be doing the comedy on Cannon’s comedy tour, Cannon reacted quickly and angrily, later asking if her show was on public access. The two continue to throw online jabs at one another in a desperate struggle for attention.
FREDDIE PRINZE JR. VS. KIEFER SUTHERLAND
After working with Sutherland on 24 in 2010, the Scooby-Doo star recently remarked that working with Kiefer was a nightmare, and that the star was unprofessional… and short. Prinze may have intended to deflect criticisms about his role in the show, but ended up looking pretty small himself.
MARTHA STEWART VS. GWYNETH PALTROW
Because no list is complete without mentioning Paltrow insanity at least twice, this feud began when lifestyle guru Stewart questioned Paltrow’s competing lifestyle website, Goop, in a bid for continuing credibility. Stewart went on to create a “conscious coupling” pie, while Paltrow fired back with a “jailbird cake.” You’re both white and blonde and have desserts, ladies – you’ve both already won.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN VS. PAULA DEEN
Even celebrity chefs occasionally duke it out to reign supreme over American cuisine. When the comedically-vitriolic Bourdain called Deen “the worst, most dangerous person in America” for her fatty recipes and corporate connections, she criticized his elitism with her down home country charm, but also told him to get a life. Most were already surprised Bourdain stopped smoking and drinking long enough to attack anyone for their health choices.
TOM CRUISE VS. BROOKE SHIELDS
In order to further ingratiate himself to his Scientologist elders and Xenu, Cruise criticized Shields’ decision to state that medication helped cure her postpartum depression, calling her statement “irresponsible.” Shields reminded Cruise that he isn’t a woman, and that he should probably just stick to bad movies. Xenu can’t take this guy to the Theta-Pod soon enough.
10 CELEBS WHO THREW OTHER CELEBS UNDER THE BUS