The Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds of All Time

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Stars, they’re just like us – petty jerks! Just like you might get into an office feud with your cubicle-mate over how they are definitely stealing your lunches out of the office fridge (don’t think I didn’t see that tuna stain on your shirt, Tony), celebrities also get into it with their coworkers. The only difference is, their coworkers are famous too, and that means the entire world gets to pick a side.

Well, there is one other difference — while you and your coworker will almost invariably end up in a passive-aggressive stand-off, never resolving anything, celebrities have numerous entities like PR agencies and supermarket tabloids to decide who wins any given feud. That gives celebrity feuds an almost sports-like atmosphere — there will be a winner whose fans go home happy and a loser whose fans have to eat crow.

And so, we’ve collected here some of the biggest beef in celebrity history, and dubbing you the referee. Let us know in the comments which celebrity you think came out on top!

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift started out as friends, even if Taylor Swift didn’t quite understand the relationship. She told Rolling Stone, “[Katy] would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'”

Taylor Swift would go on to say that the feud began in earnest when Katy tried to sabotage her arena tour by hiring away some of Taylor’s dancers. There were also rumors that Taylor wasn’t stoked about Katy dating her ex, John Mayer.

While the singers have since made up, both Taylor and Katy fueled their hatred of each other into some great songs, including Katy’s “Swish, Swish” and Taylor’s “Bad Blood.” So who do you think won this feud? (It’s fair to vote for whoever wrote the song you like best.)

This feud is hard to comprehend because Tom Hanks and Henry Winkler are universally considered to be the nicest guys in Hollywood. Is it a situation where they’re just too alike, and can see their own flaws in each other?

The feud apparently started way back in 1989 on the set of Turner and Hooch.

A movie called Turner & Hooch went into production that year, with Tom Hanks playing the titular Turner and Henry Winkler directing… for a grand total of 13 days. Winkler’s hinted that he didn’t get along with Hanks and that lead to his firing, which has caused the former Fonz to hold a grudge this long. Both men, however, are two nice to ever dive into the sordid details.

It’s hard not to love both these guys, but who’s living their best life and therefore secretly making the other one furious? Remember, Henry Winkler played the iconic Fonz and is doing some incredible work on HBO’s Barry, but Tom Hanks is so beloved that audiences watched him talk to a volleyball on the beach for an entire movie.

As filming was wrapping up on Fast and Furious 8, colloquially known as 8 Fast 8 Furious, The Rock went on Instagram to call out one of his co-stars, saying “Some [co-stars] conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don’t. The ones that don’t are too chicken crap to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

After a number of veiled remarks on social media and on red carpets, it became clear that said candy ass was Vin Diesel. The fact that we never got a tell-all “here’s what this a-hole did to me” sort of interview with The Rock ups the intrigue of this feud.

For my money, The Rock is the clear winner here. He’s in basically every movie released since 2014, while Vin Diesel is a talking tree in Marvel movies.

No matter your politics, you have to acknowledge that Donald Trump is the king of stirring up drama. Before he became our 45th president, Trump got into it with then co-host of The View Rosie O’Donnell in 2006 after she dunked on him for going bankrupt.

“You can’t make false statements. Rosie will rue the words she said,” Trump said to People. “I’ll most likely sue her for making those false statements — and it’ll be fun. Rosie’s a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice fat little Rosie.” (Jesus, this guy.) Trump and O’Donnell would trade barbs back and forth until, well, today. Rosie O’Donell still comes up all the time for Trump, who you would think has bigger things to worry about?

It’s hard to argue with the accomplishment of becoming President of the united States, so you might be tempted to say Trump came out on top. But the fact that Rosie still lives rent free in the head of the man ostensibly in charge of the most powerful nation in the world is a pretty big W.

Katherine Heigl played Dr. Izzy Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy for five seasons, but during her last year on the show, she called out the show’s writing, and implicity showrunner Shonda Rhimes. In 2008, Heigl had her name withdrawn from Emmy consideration, saying she did not get “the material to warrant a nomination.”

Speaking much later to OWN, Rhimes talked about Heigl. When Oprah brought up Heigl specifically, asking if her comments hurt, Rhimes said they did, but that the situation inspired a “no *sshole policy” and that she now vets the actors she works with.

No matter how you slice it, it sucks to publically disparage the writers of the TV show that made you famous. And now that Rhimes has roughly 800,000 incredibly popular shows on TV and Heigl’s doing… well, not a whole lot, it feels like we know who came out of this feud on top.

While Johnny Carson announced he would leave The Tonight Show in 1992, it seemed obvious that David Letterman, whose show Late Night had followed Carson for years, was the natural successor. But it was Jay Leno who snagged the gig, prompting Dave to leave NBC and start his long-running CBS show.

Having always assumed he’d land The Tonight Show when Carson retired, NBC’s decision infuriated Letterman. Leno and Letterman, who were friends before this all went down, wouldn’t speak to each other for around 25 years.

Jay Leno hung onto The Tonight Show for forever, so in that sense, he’s the winner. But in doing so, he lost his soul, and is now considered a joke by serious comedy fans. (And not the good kind of joke. The sad kind of joke.) What good is it to win The Tonight Show but to lose your soul?

Freddie Prinze Jr. had a role on 24 back in 2010, and he and star Kiefer Sutherland did not get along. In an interview with ABC News Prinze Jr. said, “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face, I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.”

And you know what? He kind of did. Freddie Prinze Jr. hasn’t done much acting since then, as a stint writing for professional wrestling mega-corp WWE (seriously) has kept him busy.

Kiefer’s only response to Prinze Jr. came through his agent, who said to E! News “Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.” It held the record for most devastating “who are you?”-style diss until this year, when Lady Gaga tweeted at Ninja.

Jay-Z and Kanye West have been tied together since 2001, when Kanye produced Jay’s record The Blueprint (which includes “Izzo“, the best Jay-Z song). They even put out an album together that’s gone on to become a classic, Watch the Throne.

Kanye talked onstage about being upset after his wife Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint and Jay-Z didn’t come by the house to talk. All of a sudden, the punches started to roll — Jay-Z dissed Kanye in the song “Kill Jay-Z,” saying ” ‘F– wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.” Then Kanye left Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal. Both men have said there’s still respect between each other, but things are, well, they’re iffy right now.

On one hand, Kanye is the biggest name in hip hop, but on the other hand, Jay-Z is… okay, he’s also the biggest name in hip hop. If living well is the best revenge, do we give Jay-Z points for marrying Beyonce, or detract points because now he’s less “Jay-Z” and more “Beyonce’s husband”?

Brand New and Taking Back Sunday were two of the best emo bands of the early 2000s, and there’s a good chance neither of them would have reached such heights without each other. You see, Brand New’s frontman Jesse Lacey and Taking Back Sunday’s guitarist John Nolan hated each other so much that they wrote entire albums about the disillusion of their friendship.

Brand New’s Jessey Lacey was actually the first bassist for Taking Back Sunday, but a competition over a girl caused him to leave the band. That lead to Brand New’s formation and the ultimate in emo diss tracks, “Seventy Times Seven,” where Lacey viciously writes to Nolan “Have another drink and drive yourself home, I hope there’s ice on all the roads, and you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt, and again when your head goes through the windshield.” Taking Back Sunday hit back with “Timberwolves At New Jersey” where Nolan sings, “Those words at best Were worse than teenage poetry” and “This is me with the words on the tip of my tongue, and my eye on the scope down the barrel of a gun.” So like, these two wanted to kill each other. All over a girl who, if I had to guess, probably didn’t like either of them.

Even a Taking Back Sunday member who wasn’t involved in whatever piddly high school business caused the initial rift, Adam Lazzara, said “I think Jesse Lacey is just a d–. He just sucks. He’s not a good person,” according to Alt Press. So now that Brand New and Taking Back Sunday’s respective careers are more or less settled, who do we think won the lyrical and emotional battle? (Your answer will probably be whichever bands’ lyrics you used most often in your AIM away message.)

And here we are, the two heaviest hitters of celebrity feuddom, Taylor Swift and Kanye West, colliding. This feud was like if two undefeated teams met in the Super Bowl — they’re both so good at drama it’s almost impossible to guess who could win.

We all remember when Kanye stormed the stage as Taylor Swift was winning an award to declare that, while he would “let her finish,” Taylor’s fellow nominee Beyonce had “one of the best videos of all time!” Since then, Taylor and Kanye have swirled each other, making up and then falling out again. The most famoous flair-up of the feud came when Kanye released the song “Famous” with the truly revolting lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why, I made that b*tch famous.”

Not only did Taylor issue a perfect rebuke of Kanye after winning the Album of the Year Grammy in 2016 — saying “There will be people who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments, your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you will look around and you will know that it was you, and the people who lvoe you that put you there.” Plus, Barack Obama called Kanye a jackass. It’s hard to come back from that.