10 of Hollywood's Most Shocking Firings (PHOTOS)

Kiri Blakeley | May 20, 2014 Celebrities

If you've ever lost your job and suffered the subsequent humiliation and ego-bruising that come with being fired, you're not alone. Even some of the most famous, rich, and talented celebrities have been fired too. Luckily for them they probably have a nice nest egg to fall back on. Some of these people have recovered nicely. Others not so much.

Here are 10 of the most scandalous Hollywood cannings.

  • Paula Deen


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    Once popular chef Paula Deen admitted in a lawsuit deposition that she'd used the 'N' word over the years, her time was limited. Despite the suit being eventually dismissed, Deen was relieved of her show and other deals with the Food Network. Paula still doesn't have a TV show and her restaurant Uncle Bubba's Oyster House abruptly shuttered in April.

  • Shia LaBeouf


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    Shia was having huge success with the Transformers franchise when he began having issues. Although he claims he stepped aside from the Broadway show Orphans after creative differences, pretty much everyone else, including his co-star Alec Baldwn, says he was canned. Since then, he's been busy plagiarizing people and wearing paper bags on his head.

  • Ann Curry



    When Ann Curry ascended to co-anchor with Matt Lauer on the Today show, most fans applauded. But soon dwindling ratings and a supposed beef with Lauer meant Ann gave a teary resignation on air. It will go down as one of the morning show's worst moments.

  • Brooke Burke-Charvet



    Fans were stunned when Brooke was replaced with Erin Andrews after the seventh season of Dancing With the Stars. "Nothing personal," a source told US Weekly about the dump, which blindsided the star. Err, yeah.

  • Eric Stoltz


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    Eric still goes down in Hollywood history as having one of the worst firings ever. He had been cast in Steven Spielberg's Back to the Future as Marty McFly, but halfway through filming, the director, Robert Zemeckis, decided Eric was too serious for the role and replaced him with Michael J. Fox, who went on to massive success. Stoltz nursed his emotional wounds by moving to Europe, doing some plays, and getting into therapy.

  • Conan O'Brien



    Conan got his dream job when he took over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show. But lagging ratings soon made NBC decide it had made a huge mistake, and they bought Conan out of his contract. At least he got a million jokes about it -- plus millions of dollars. He now has a show on TBS.

  • Isaiah Washington



    Isaiah was fired from medical drama Grey's Anatomy after reportedly calling his co-star, T.R. Knight, a homophobic slur. Isaiah says his whole life fell apart; he couldn't afford an agent, publicist, nor to even continue in show business. But things must have been forgiven, for he recently made a guest appearance on the show.

  • Charlie Sheen


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    After his third rehab trip, Charlie made a bunch of derogatory comments about his Two and a Half Men director, Chuck Lorre. He then demanded a 50 percent raise and went on a series of public rants. Clearly, it was him or Chuck, and the show went with Chuck. He was fired in 2011 and replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

  • Selma Blair



    Charlie Sheen may have decided he wanted to know what it was like to fire someone when he took the ax to his Anger Management co-star Selma Blair last year. Sheen reportedly canned her by text message. Classy.

  • Megan Fox


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    Megan was dumped from the Transformers franchise after comparing director Michael Bay to Hitler and Napoleon. Apparently, the edict came from producer Steven Spielberg, not Bay. She was replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. But he must not have minded her murderous dictator comment too much, given that he worked with her again on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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