Sabotage is the blackest of black arts, and
many entertainers are highly skilled at the craft.
From ousting stars from the franchises they helped create to deleting their competitor’s
Instas, here’s an illustrious lineup of celebs who hijacked, undermined, derailed, and in
some cases, destroyed another star’s career. Iced out by Iron Man Fans of the Iron Man franchise probably remember
that it was Terrence Howard who originally had the role of Colonel James Rhodes, only
to be replaced by Don Cheadle in subsequent movies. According to Howard, it was Tony Stark
himself who ensured Howard didn’t return for Iron Man 2. During a 2013 appearance on Watch What Happens
Live with Andy Cohen, Howard was all-too happy to explain why he hadn’t continued playing
the role he originated, claiming he was ousted from further installments of the franchise
due to shady business on the part of the film’s star. “The person that helped become Iron Man…
took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out.” Howard claimed he’d inked a three-picture
deal before the film went into production. After the first film proved a massive hit,
producers allegedly changed their tune. “They came to me with the second, saying,
look, we will pay you ⅛ of what we contractually had for you, because we think the 2nd one
would be successful with or without you.” Howard allegedly tried to call Robert Downey,
Jr., but said the Iron Man star didn’t call him back for three months.
“Two words for that: messy boots.” So not cute Internet “influencers” Lele Pons and Amanda
Cerny were the bestest of BFFs back in 2016, until Cerny allegedly caught Pons deleting
all her popular Instagram posts in an attempt to sabotage Cerny’s career. Cerny revealed it all in a post she wrote
for The Dirty: “I began to notice my photos being deleted,
my videos being deleted and my account being put on private so no one could follow me.” Then, she allegedly saw Pons messing with
her phone at a party. A confrontation was inevitable. Cerny continued, writing: “I asked her face-to-face and she looked like
she was lying and I demanded the truth from her. She admitted to it all.” Not-so-smooth sailing Jax Taylor and Stassi Schroeder of Vanderpump
Rules had a pretty rough relationship. According to an interview Taylor gave with The Daily
Dish about his relationship with Schroeder: “She’s broken some cell phones. She smashed
my face with a tennis racket. She keyed my car.” But according to Taylor, Schroeder’s crowning
achievement was when she sabotaged one of Taylor’s modeling gigs. He recalled that he
booked a modeling job for Carnival cruises, but Schroeder wasn’t having it. Once she learned
another woman was part of the picture, Taylor claims Schroeder took matters into her own
jealous hands. Taylor recounted: “She called up the client the night before
or got on the email and said, ‘He’s not doing this job, it’s with a girl.'”
According to Taylor, he had absolutely no idea Schroeder had effectively meddled with
his career until waking the next morning when the gig had been unceremoniously canceled.
He told The Daily Dish: “They’re like, ‘Yeah we found somebody else.’
The client’s like, I don’t need this drama. I don’t need your girlfriend emailing me.'” In Schroeder’s defense, those Carnival commercials
are pretty racy. As for Schroeder’s future flames?
“Good luck. And I hope you have thick skin.” Transformers: Retaliation One surefire way to sabotage someone’s career?
Brand them insufferable, unreliable, or otherwise undesirable. Megan Fox maintains that Michael
Bay had a vendetta against her after she called him out to Wonderland magazine while promoting
Jennifer’s Body in 2009. She told the publication: “He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create
this insane, infamous mad man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and
he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.” Well, that was never going to go well. Bay
reportedly retaliated by having Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen crew members besmirch
Fox in an open letter that referred to her as: “Ms. Sourpants” “a p0rn star,” and “dumb-as-a-rock” …among slightly more colorful language.
Fox was summarily replaced in the Transformer films by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Fox acknowledged her comment was unwise and says being fired by Bay led to the darkest
phase of her life thus far. She told Cosmopolitan UK in 2017: “It hurt me and a lot of other people. However,
that darkness that descended caused enormous and brisk spiritual growth.” According to Fox, her treatment is a symptom
of a larger problem in the industry. “There’s not a lot of concern for what’s right
for individuals.” One bitter divorce In 1996, actress Sondra Locke walked out of
a courtroom with a handsome sum of money after settling a fraud suit against her ex-husband
and former co-star Clint Eastwood, who Locke had accused of deliberately sabotaging her
career. So how, exactly, did Eastwood try to maim
his ex-wife’s career? Locke alleges Eastwood convinced her to drop a palimony suit in 1989
in exchange for a lucrative three-year development deal at Warner Bros. But the studio reportedly
kept rejecting every single one of her pitches, and she pitched more than 30. That’s because
the 1.5 million dollar deal was allegedly bogus and Eastwood had financed the whole
thing. As to how much she was ultimately compensated,
the Los Angeles Times reported Locke noted: “I don’t have to worry about working.” That’s something, at least. Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift
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