The Top 12 Worst Celebrity Outbursts

February 7, 2009

Being famous is not an excuse for yelling, screaming, or behaving badly. It is totally unprofessional to hurl a tirade of abuse at someone because they annoyed you or made a mistake. These celebrities are little babies, throwing big fat temper tantrums because they didn’t get their way.

By Nick Coles

The following article does not represent the opinions of Spike TV or its affiliates.


12. Tyra Banks Screams at Contestant


In the fourth season of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks launched into a fiery tirade at a contestant who she thought was not taking the reality show seriously. Banks yelled at 22-year-old single mother Tiffani, telling her she needed to take responsibility for herself. Banks then launched into a strangely personal screaming fit, yelling "I have never in my life yelled at a girl like this. When my mother yells like this it's because she loves me. I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you! How dare you! Learn something from this!” This is how to dish up a serving of tough love.

11. Orson Welles' Wobbly Commercial


In the late 1960s, Orson Welles was down on his luck and in need of a paycheck. To pay the rent he did voiceover work for a series of frozen food commercials.  The incredible actor/filmmaker found himself selling frozen peas, fish fingers and beef burger. He obviously thought it was beneath him and had little time for the director and producer of the spots. He complained about the script and the direction he was given. At one point he says, "Come on, fellas, you're losing your heads! I wouldn't direct any living actor like this in Shakespeare.” At the conclusion of the clip, Welles supposedly storms out.

10. Kanye West's Award Show Freak Out


Kanye West is a troubled man. He’s constantly lashing out at the media and fans. He loves attention and will do anything to obtain it. In 2007, he crashed the stage of the MTV Europe Music Awards after failing to win Music Video of the Year. He blurted out that he should have won the award because his music video for "Touch The Sky" cost a million dollars, had Pamela Anderson in it, and that he had jumped across canyons in the video. He concluded, "If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility." The only one who lost credibility was Kanye.

9. Naomi Campbell's Air Rage


Source: Jemal Countess / WireImage / Getty Images

Naomi Campbell may be one of the world’s most beautiful women, but she has an extremely ugly temper. She has a long history of abusing staff and lashing out. In early 2008, Campbell boarded a plane bound for Los Angeles. Before take-off, she was informed that one her bags would not make the flight. This infuriated Campbell, who screamed "You are joking? This is a joke, right? Why can't you do anything right? Get all my bags on this flight. I am Naomi Campbell." As officers arrested her, she called them “as**holes” and spat at them. Passengers on the plane said she was “crazed and psychotic.” If you see this crazy b**ch, run!

8. Casey Kasem's Uptempo Tantrum


Casey Kasem’s soothing voice has been heard on the radio for years. The radio legend is considered a gentleman, except when delivering a long distance dedication for a dead dog. In an audio clip that never went to air, Kasem is heard berating the show’s writers and producers for creating a poor segue. Kasem was upset that he’d have to go from an uptempo pop song to a sad dedication for a beloved dog named Snuggles. He swore, kicked up a stink and was not a happy man.

7. Russell Crowe Throws a Phone


Source: Thos Robinson / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

In June 2005, Russell Crowe was arrested for throwing a telephone at a hotel employee. Crowe became enraged after being unable to call his wife in Australia. He stormed down to the lobby of the Mercer Hotel in New York City and launched the phone. The phone hit the concierge in the face, causing lacerations. Crowe was charged with second-degree assault. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was ordered to pay a $160 fine.

6. Bill O’Reilly Screams

Bill O’Reilly once hosted Inside Edition. Last year, footage of him going berserk leaked online. In the clip, O’Reilly goes completely nuts. He complains about the copy, swears, and throws things. He roars at his producer, “There’s no words on it. F**k it! We’ll do it live! F**king thing sucks!” Poor Papa Bear.

5. Alec Baldwin Calls Daughter a Pig


Alec Baldwin loves his daughter so much that when she missed his phone call, he went crazy. In 2007, Baldwin left an abuse filled voice-mail for his 11-year-old daughter Ireland who had failed to answer his phone call. He called her a “thoughtless little pig” and said “Once again, I have made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone." He also called Ireland’s mother, ex-wife Kim Basinger, “a thoughtless pain in the ass”. Baldwin was deeply embarrassed by the leaking of the conversation and did a round of media interviews, seeking atonement.

4. Christian Bale Goes Ballistic

christian bale

Source: Jun Sato, Getty Images

Christian Bale’s recent tirade on the set of Terminator: Salvation has become a viral sensation. The Batman star was caught on audio going ballistic at the film’s director of photography. Bale was mad that the DP walked on set and ruined a scene. What followed was a 3-minute verbal thrashing filled with profanity. At one point Bale screams "Do you want me to go and trash your lights? Do you want me to go and trash them? ... Then why are you trashing my scene?" The highly emotional, delicate actor has just recently commented on the outburst and apologized.

3. David O. Russell Berates Lilly Tomlin


By all accounts director David O. Russell is a difficult man. The director of Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees has a history of nasty on-set tirades. During the filming of Three Kings, he told George Clooney, “Why don't you just worry about your fucked up acting?! You're being a dick. You want to hit me? You want to hit me? Come on, pussy, hit me.” He then grabbed Clooney by the throat and a fight ensured. Lilly Tomlin suffered a similar fate on the set of I Heart Huckabees. While trying to shoot a scene, Russell repeatedly swore at Tomlin and called her a “c*nt.” He then stormed off the set, only to return for more swearing and abuse.

2. Mel Gibson Anti-Semitic Tirade


Source: Handout / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

In mid-2006, Mel Gibson was pulled over by police after a big drinking session in Malibu. The actor vomited racial slurs and reportedly yelled "You motherf***er, I'm going to f*** you!" Gibson then added, "F***ing Jews. Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world! Are you a f***ing Jew?" After he was charged, Gibson added insult to injury by calling the female officer "sugar t**s." This anti-Semitic dude knows what women want.

1. Michael Richards Racist Outburst

Michael Richard’s career pretty much came to a shuddering end on November 17th, 2006. That night he was performing stand-up at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Midway through his set he became angered by some hecklers and hurled racial abuse at them. He uttered the n-word six times and even alluded to lynching. The whole incident was caught on a camera phone and quickly spread everywhere. Soon after Richards appeared on the Late Show and apologized, saying “For me to be at a comedy club and to flip out and say this crap, I'm deeply, deeply sorry." However, the damage was done. Shortly after, Richards announced his retirement from performing stand-up comedy.