Daytime TV has a reputation for focusing on light topics and witty banter. From cooking frittatas on live TV to discussing the season's newest trends, it's a lovely way to start your morning with a cup of coffee before running to work. But as it turns out, daytime TV is as cutthroat and seedy as any other entertainment industry. From feuds between co-hosts, to controversies over anchors' actions, to shocking firings, the morning desk isn't all that laid back as it seems.
1. Kelly Ripa And Michael Strahan
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were the dynamic duo behind Live! With Kelly and Michael, but that ended in 2016 when Strahan left for Good Morning America. The rift happened not because Strahan left their four-year partnership, but because he reportedly told Ripa the news in a meeting minutes before it was publicly announced. He was supposed to stay on the show until the end of summer, but he left in May because of the tension on set. Ripa shared with People, "I said, in the room, 'I am going to take the day off.' I needed to actually sit and gather information. I needed to make sure I said the appropriate things on TV and didn’t just come out and say whatever."
2. Steve Harvey And The 'Steve Harvey' Staff
Steve Harvey faced backlash in 2017 when a memo that he sent to his staff was shared on the internet. It was surprisingly unfriendly and created a toxic work environment on the set of his talk show.
3. Megyn Kelly And 'Will & Grace'
Megyn Kelly moved from FOX to NBC, and inked a three-year deal worth between $69 million and $75 million. But her morning show, called Megyn Kelly Today, lasted less than a year thanks to multiple scandals.
4. Megyn Kelly And Jane Fonda
Megyn Kelly entered into a feud with Jane Fonda when the actress appeared on Megyn Kelly Today in September 2017. Fonda was there with Robert Redford to promote their new movie, Our Souls At Night. Rather than focusing on the film, Kelly asked the actress about having "work done," which left Fonda stunned about the personal question.
5. Megyn Kelly
The final nail in Kelly's coffin was her "blackface" comment. In October 2018, Kelly received massive backlash after she said that it was appropriate to wear blackface for Halloween as long as it pertained to a character.
6. Star Jones And 'The View'
Star Jones was one of the original hosts of The View when the show debuted in 1997, but in 2006, she had a falling out with the executives.
7. Ann Curry And 'Today'
Ann Curry was forced out of the Today show in 2012 after just one year on the program. Her firing was credited to her growing feud with Matt Lauer. Lauer reportedly complained about Curry to executive producers and staff members, and since the two hosts lacked chemistry on air, and Good Morning America was surpassing Today's ratings, Curry was let go.
8. Leah Remini And 'The Talk'
Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete were both hosts on The Talk with Sharon Osbourne in 2011, but they were surprisingly let go after the first season. Remini went on Twitter and exposed a rift between the hosts. "Sharon thought me and Holly were "Ghetto." We were not funny, awkward. and didn't know ourselves. She had us fired," Remini wrote.
9. Matt Lauer And Natalie Morales
In July 2016, Matt Lauer found himself in another scandal on the Today show when rumors circulated that he was having an affair with his married co-anchor Natalie Morales. The gossip spiked after Morales left the show to host Access Hollywood on the West Coast, and headlines speculated she was leaving because of their relationship going sour. Both hosts denied the rumors.
10. Matt Lauer's Harassment Allegations
In 2017, Matt Lauer was ousted for alleged sexual harassment and misconduct by multiple women on Today. The allegations spanned across Lauer buying sex toys for female co-workers, to exposing his genitals, to forcing himself on co-workers in locked offices. The accusers claimed that HR refused to do anything in the past because Lauer was the face of morning TV. NBC fired Lauer days after confirming one staffer's story. Lauer apologized but denied many of the allegations.
11. Billy Bush And 'Today'
Billy Bush moved from Access Hollywood to the Today show, but was fired after a few short months. In 2016, a hot mic audio was leaked from a 2005 Access Hollywood segment he'd done. On the tape Bush could be heard laughing at lewd comments about women. Today fired him once the tape leaked and Bush apologized for his actions.
12. Rosie O'Donnell And Elisabeth Hasselbeck
In 2007, Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck went into a heated debate on The View about the war in Iraq. The fight aired on live television, so it was unable to be edited. “I just want to say something — 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?” O’Donnell asked. This led to news outlets claiming that O'Donnell called U.S. troops terrorists.
13. Lara Spencer And 'Good Morning America' Viewers
In 2019, Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer received backlash from viewers after she made fun of 6-year-old Prince George's interest in ballet classes. It spurred the hashtag #BoysCanDanceToo and started a conversation about enforcing negative stereotypes for men.
14. Mario Batali And 'The Chew'
In 2017, Mario Batali was fired from The Chew because of sexual misconduct accusations, including alleged assault while the women were unconscious.
15. Charlie Rose And 'CBS This Morning'
Charlie Rose was the co-host of CBS This Morning and was fired in 2017 after sexual misconduct allegations came from a range of women who accused the anchor of decades-spanning abuse. Three recent employees —Katherine Harris, Sydney McNeal, and Yuqing Wei — sued the network n 2018 after an article in The Post revealed that the network ignored employee complaints to protect the anchor.
16. Gayle King And 'CBS This Morning'
In 2018, CBS This Morning was rumored to undergo a complete overhaul, which would include bringing in new producers and anchors. Things began to really heat up when executive producer Ryan Kadro decided to step down, which was announced on the same day that CBS reached a settlement with three of Charlie Rose's accusers. This falsely linked Kadro with the settlement, further tarnishing the program's reputation.
17. Sharon Osbourne And 'The View'
Sharon Osbourne made waves in 2013 after she bad-mouthed her fellow The View co-hosts. In an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, Osbourne said that she liked Barbara Walters but that the rest of the hosts on "The View" could "go f--- themselves."
18. Meghan McCain And 'The View'
In 2019, Meghan McCain received backlash from The View fans when she grilled guest Pamela Anderson on her support for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder.“You know who put our national security at risk? The military. How many people have the American government killed innocently, and how many has Wikileaks?” Anderson responded, to the cheer of the audience.
19. Tamron Hall And Megyn Kelly
After 10 years with NBC, Tamron Hall was pushed out of her third hour spot with Al Roker to sign Megyn Kelly Today. She was not even given a goodbye episode, but simply cut from the air.
20. Tamar Braxton And 'The Real'
Tamar Braxton was fired from The Real in 2016, before the program's third season. Braxton chalked it up to not getting along with the co-hosts, but sources shared that it was because of a mix of things. The Daily Mail reported that sources shared Braxton received low ratings by focus groups, was part of on-set insubordination, and upset advertisers with explosive arguments and cursing, which had to be heavily edited out of the show.