Daytime drama! Some of our favorite talk shows have endured some pretty intense scandals over the years, from battles between co-hosts to affair accusations and more, and Wonderwall.com is rounding up the most dramatic controversies to date! First up is the 2016 feud between Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan! The "Live! With Kelly and Michael" co-hosts had a pretty dramatic split once Michael announced he'd be leaving the morning program for a lucrative new gig on "Good Morning America." Michael joined the show in 2012, but the pair were reportedly anything but amicable behind-the-scenes long before he left. TMZ reported that Kelly often bullied Michael, and that once he got offered the "GMA" gig, he was quick to take it. Michael announced the move in April, but planned to remain with "Live!" through the summer -- and Kelly retaliated by taking an unscheduled hiatus from the show. She eventually returned and claimed she'd "earned the right" to the break and congratulated Michael, but things were clearly still tense between the two. Michael ended up leaving the show early in mid-May. Keep reading to check out more big talk show scandals!
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Attorney Star Jones was one of the original hosts of "The View" when the talk show debuted in 1997. The daytime chatfest, which consisted of an all-female panel discussing current events, was often plagued with drama behind-the-scenes, some of which involved Star. In 2006, the co-host had a falling out with the other women and spilled the beans that she would be leaving the show on-air in advance of the planned announcement Barbara Walters had arranged.
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Even the "Today" show isn't immune to scandal. In June 2012, Ann Curry's exit caused major waves -- and many of the nasty rumors were later substantiated in reporter Brian Stelter's book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV." In the book, he revealed that many on the "Today" staff mistreated Ann and made her life "torture" for her last few months on the show. Reporter Joe Hagan also confirmed the validity of the rumors, sharing that an NBC staff member told him, "Everybody at NBC, everybody at the 'Today' show, everybody understood that Ann was kicked out of her position because Matt [Lauer] didn't want her there. That's why it was so personal between Ann and Matt."
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CBS's "The Talk" has had its fair share of drama behind-the-scenes. The show, which started in 2010 and is based on the British daily program "Loose Women," originally featured six co-hosts -- Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Leah and Holly were released from the show after just one season in 2011. Leah later took to Twitter to call out Sharon for being instrumental in their firing, writing, "Sharon thought me and Holly were 'ghetto'...we were not funny, awkward, and didn't know ourselves," she tweeted. "She has the power that was given to her." Sharon later tweeted in response, "I had absolutely nothing to do with her departure form [sic] the show and have no idea why she continues to...spread this false gossip."
Perhaps the biggest scandal to hit the stage of "The View" took place in May 2007 when two co-hosts went head-to-head about a sensitive and timely issue: the war in Iraq. Rosie O'Donnell, who joined the cast that year for Season 10, and conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who had at that point been starring on the show for five seasons, engaged in a heated fight that played out unedited on live television. The end result of the uncomfortable and intense feud? ABC announced that contract negotiations fell through with Rosie and that she would not be coming back to "The View." Rosie returned for a second stint on "The View" in July 2014, only to leave in February 2016, calling the move a "personal decision."
Awkward! One of the most uncomfortable shake-ups on late-night television happened in 2009 when Conan O'Brien replaced a retiring Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show." After a few months, Jay decided he wanted his old job back -- and NBC actually gave it to him! Ultimately, Conan -- who now has his own show on TBS -- only had seven months in the "Tonight Show" chair before Jay reclaimed his spot.
In July 2016, Matt Lauer found himself in the news again for yet another scandal on the "Today" show set. Rumors about a relationship between married Matt and fellow married anchor Natalie Morales circulated in the wake of Natalie leaving "Today" to host "Access Hollywood" in California. Page Six reported, "There's speculation it's one of the reasons why she's moving... Matt didn't want to work with her." Though both Matt and Natalie put out statements denying the claims, it wasn't the first time the two were accused of being too friendly. In 2006 when they were covering the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, there was talk that the two were involved, which reportedly led to Matt's wife Annette Roque filing for divorce (though she withdrew the request a few weeks later).
Elisabeth Hasselbeck was a controversy magnet from the moment she joined "The View" in 2003. She originally sat alongside Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, and, during her 10-year stint, butted heads with subsequent co-hosts -- namely Rosie O'Donnell -- over various topics, often representing the conservative viewpoint. After years of offering up her opinions, rumors swirled that Elisabeth was going to be fired in 2013, to the point where it needed to be addressed on-air. Barbara Walters put those rumors to rest on an episode, explaining that Elisabeth was not being fired over her political views and suggested that Elisabeth was making plans to leave of her own volition -- and the blond television personality eventually did. In July 2013, Elisabeth exited "The View" to take a job at FOX News.
Though made in jest, late-night hosts' jokes aren't immune to inciting controversy. Jimmy Kimmel found himself in hot water with an entire country in 2013 when he made a joke about China. In a segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," a child suggested "killing everyone in China" might be a solution to help with America's debt, to which Jimmy responded "that's an interesting idea." The statement enraged Chinese-American groups, which started petitions and called for an apology. He later put out a statement saying, "I thought it was obvious that I didn't agree with that statement, but apparently it wasn't. So I just want to say I am sorry. I apologize. It was certainly not my intent to upset anyone. I'm here to turn frowns upside down."
Pat O'Brien, the former host of "Access Hollywood," found himself in hot water in 2005 when he became embroiled in a scandal over voicemails. After Pat left a string of offensive, expletive-filled voicemails for a woman he'd just met, she chose to hand them over to the press. The graphic nature of his comments shocked longtime viewers of his show, and the host checked into rehab for alcoholism shortly after. He later told Oprah Winfrey on her show "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that he didn't even remember the calls. "One of the byproducts of alcoholism are blackouts," he explained. "I don't remember it."
Bad blood between talk shows! "The Talk" co-host Sharon Osbourne voiced her opinion about rival daytime female-driven show "The View" in November 2013 while making an appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" with her "The Talk" co-hosts. She noted that though she loved Barbara Walters, the rest of the hosts on "The View" could "go f--- themselves." The comment was not well-received, and Sharon eventually issued an apology.
Alec Baldwin once had a late-night talk show? It's a little-known fact, considering it only lasted for five episodes. The MSNBC show "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" was canceled in November 2013 after Alec was accused of using an anti-gay slur while talking to paparazzi. He ended up apologizing later, saying, "Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable." The apology unfortunately didn't save his show.
In 2006, one particular episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" made major headlines for focusing on some serious controversy. Oprah had featured the book "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey in her wildly successful book club. Then it was brought to her attention that the author had fabricated portions of the successful memoir, so Oprah had him on her show to confront him about his lies. James was referred to as "the man who conned Oprah" in the press, and Oprah's anger was evident on the episode. She put James through a scathing interview and later apologized to the author for the intense questioning.