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20 TV Stars You Thought Were Sweethearts…But Are Actually Jerks

We all grew up on TV, whether it be good shows or pretty awful ones that had no quality but still spoke to us and seemed so great at the time. Regardless, the TV stars we've seen as we've grown and now as adults, have carried us with their talent through good or bad times, and we mostly perceive them as not only talented but kind and sweet people that we see making our favorite stories come to life.

These 20 TV stars we are used to seeing on our screens are actually not the sweethearts we think they are. Find out more about how some of your favorite TV stars ruined their kind reputation with some bad behavior.

20 Katherine Heigl

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Katherine Heigl was called ungrateful several times, especially when she accused her first big break movie, Knocked Up, of being sexist. The Grey's Anatomy actress also messed it up big time when she refused to put in her bid for a 2008/2009 season nomination, because she felt as though the material of critically acclaimed writer Shonda Rhimes was not up to the standard of her own performance that year. She attempted to get a career in movies, but that backfired for her when most of them flopped. She has been somewhat quiet in mainstream media ever since.

19 Ryan Seacrest

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Ryan Seacrest rose to fame hosting American Idol and he has since been a big name in the business. However, he knows this pretty well and that's why it has gotten to his head. He is known on American Idol for dragging time too much and for pushing already stressed-out contestants to new levels of anxiety and stress. We don't see many more hosts like him stressing contestants as much as Seacrest.

18 K.J. Apa

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If you're an avid Riverdale fan, you must know K. J. Apa, the actor who plays Archie, but did you know that he's actually known for jerk behavior? Keneti James Apa is known for his offensive social media behavior, particularly with unacceptable posts on Snapchat, showing off a sexist, misogynistic and fat-shaming side of him that shows his true nasty colors.

17 Jared Padalecki

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Jared Padalecki was the star of hit TV shows Supernatural and Gilmore Girls, and while many thought he was a sweetheart behind cameras, he actually shows his true jerk colors on social media, where he decides it's a good idea to name and shame waiters and waitresses that he feels have given him a bad service, even showing a picture of them on his social media.

16 Katie Cassidy

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Part of the Arrow cast, Katie Cassidy has been a big part of the show since day one, but she is not the sweetheart you may think she is. Apparently, going on a shopping spree is more important to her than being with the fans and signing autographs. Attending conventions with the cast to answer questions about the show and meet fans is an essential part of her job, but she decided to hit the shops instead of attending Comic-Con.

15 William Shatner

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It seems as though some of William Shatner's co-stars had quite a beef against him. George Takei used the opportunity of being part of a Comedy Central special to let out the rage he had against Shatner during the filming of Star Trek, feelings that were shared by the entire cast. Apparently, Shatner was extremely difficult to work with and this jerk behavior of his has continued to recent years. He was even named "Captain Jerk" when he decided not to attend Leonard Nimoy's funeral. That's what we call a true jerk.

14 Charlie Sheen

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Remember Charlie Sheen from Two And A Half Men? Remember how he was replaced by Ashton Kutcher? Well, there is a reason for that: he's a true jerk. In 2009, he was arrested for assaulting his wife, Brooke Mueller, and he followed that a year later by trashing his hotel room in a drunken rage. Another year later, he discovered he had HIV but he continued to have unprotected sexual encounters without warning his partners, spreading the disease without any responsibility. It was only in 2015 that he admitted to being HIV positive and that he slept with over 200 women after finding out about it.

13 Calista Flockhart

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Guest star on Supergirl, Calista Flockhart, has a bad reputation due to her attitude after Ally McBeal was picked up by The CW after it was cancelled by CBS. The production was being moved to Canada and she refused to make the move, instead asking to cancel her contract, even though she was the main star. Yikes.

12 Alec Baldwin

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Apparently, Alec Baldwin is a total jerk of a father to his daughter. A voicemail was leaked in 2007 with him verbally abusing his then 11-year-old daughter. In it, he says "You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being. I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the a** who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned." Could he be any more of a jerk?

11 Penn Badgley

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Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley was one of the most important characters of the show, but apparently it wasn't enough for him. The show that shot him to stardom was also the one he was not shy of calling out to the press for making his character "too one dimensional", when he was supposed to be promoting it. In fact, he dissed the show about 6 times, and we haven't really seen him much ever since then. No one wants to hire an actor that will diss the TV show during promotion time.

10 Taylor Momsen

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Another star on Gossip Girl, Taylor Momsen played the rebel teenage girl on the TV show, but it turns out she was also a nightmare in real life too. She even ended up being fired by show producers for "erratic behavior" on set, showcasing how much of a rebel child she also was in real life. She turned out to pursue a music career and she's quite successful, but her jerk behavior proceeds her.

9 Tyra Banks

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Obviously, Tyra Banks and her show America’s Next Top Model have been under fire and controversy for years, as expected from a show that makes everything more dramatic and stressful in the lives of amateur models who want to rise to fame and learn more about the industry. Tyra Banks was accused of making the show all about herself and not so much about the models. Even her remarks and conversations with models about their lifestyle and appearance has been frowned upon and have earned her the reputation of being a jerk.

8 Julie Chen

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Julie Chen has been the host of Big Brother on CBS for quite a few years now and has since gained a bit of a bad reputation for herself. She has even been nicknamed “Chenbot” due to being robotic and unpleasant to work with. She also has no problem calling out contestants for their behavior, which is quite hypocritical given her own behavior.

7 Terrence Howard

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Terrence Howard is known for both TV show and movie roles, but apparently all the fame got to his head, because he gained the reputation of being quite obnoxious on set. When his pay was cut during the filming of an MCU movie, he bailed and blamed his co-star for not helping him. Even during the filming of some TV shows he was a part of, he was known for having a terrible attitude, especially towards women.

6 Josh Brolin

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Josh Brolin is mostly known for playing Thanos on MCU movies, but he has also been part of TV shows such as The Young Riders, and apparently he's quite a jerk behind cameras, not knowing how to treat women right, which can be quite hard to work with. A few years ago, his wife called the police saying he hit her. She didn't press charges though, but Brolin used to have a drinking problem in the past.

5 Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper may be on the spotlight for various movies and TV shows, and it's no doubt he's a talented actor, but that doesn't justify his jerk behavior. He has a reputation of dating co-stars then ending relationships once they are done filming and there isn't a spotlight on them anymore. When filming The Worlds with Zoe Saldana and dating her, he was also having an affair with another actress, Olivia Wilde. That's jerk behavior if we've ever seen one.

4 Robert Knepper

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The #MeToo movement brought to light some old actors whose behavior was nothing short of inappropriate, and Robert Knepper was one of them. Knepper is a familar face in TV shows such as iZombie, and he was accused of sexual harassment by several women, which he still vehemently denies. Wether it's true or not, that reputation will always proceed him.

3 Isaiah Washington

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Isaiah Washington apparently has a bad reputation of being jerk due to his past jobs in TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy. He was accused of using a homophobic slur to a fellow co-star, later saying he was not homophobic despite the incident. However, he was quickly fired, and has since then tried to keep a clean act. We all know there will always be that reputation following him.

2 Manu Bennett

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Manu Bennett played the role of a good guy with an evil alter but it seems as though his real life personality is turned more towards the evil side. While staying in San Antonio for a fan's convention, he was arrested for erratic and drunken behavior at an after-party that got too out of hand.

1 Teri Hatcher

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Teri Hatcher, known for her role in Desperate Housewives, has the reputation of being quite nasty with her co-stars. According to TV Guide's William Keck, something went down between Teri and her castmates, to the point she isolated herself and everyone kept out of her way. She had such a bad reputation that when the cast sent the show's creator, Marc Cherry, a thank you gift when the show was over, Teri Hatcher's name was left off entirely. We might not know exactly what went down but it seems the common denominator of all tension between castmates of the show was Teri Hatcher.

Sources: CBS News, Daily Mail, Screenrant

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