12 Unexpected Celebrity Feuds We Never Saw Coming

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Celebrity feuds are so captivating that there’s even an award-winning Ryan Murphy anthology TV series devoted to the topic. While some A-list beefs seem inevitable — Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B, for example, or Jef Holm vs. Arie Luyendyk Jr. — others seem to come out of nowhere.

Freddie Prinze Jr., for instance, spoke ill of Kiefer Sutherland in July 2014 by calling his former 24 costar “the most unprofessional dude in the world.” The prior year, George Clooney revealed that Russell Crowe once apologized to him for “insulting the s—t out of [him],” though the Catch-22 actor had a “Yeah, whatever” response to Crowe’s claims of being misquoted. And around the same time, Kanye West admitted he “took it back to high school for a little bit” with Jimmy Kimmel after trashing the late-night comedian for spoofing an interview of his.

But these tiffs aren’t even the most surprising celebrity feuds. One wouldn’t think the 2019 comedy Poms would have stirred up any drama, but the movie caused a war of words between actresses Angelica Huston and Jacki Weaver. In another recent example, Ariana Grande clashed with Piers Morgan after he criticized Ellen DeGeneres and Little Mix online.

Scroll down for more details on these conflicts and other celebrity feuds that caught the public off-guard.

Jacki Weaver vs. Anjelica Huston

Huston shaded Weaver’s film Poms in May 2019, telling Vulture that an “old-lady cheerleader movie” sounds “humiliating.” Weaver later described her reaction to the dig to Vanity Fair: “I said, ‘Well, she can go f—k herself.’ … And I thought, ‘That’s a bit mean and petty.’ … I would say she must be going through menopause, but she must have had that ages ago.”

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50 Cent vs. Lala Kent and Randall Emmett

In April 2019, 50 Cent called Kent a “hoe” when she revealed on Vanderpump Rules that Emmett, her boyfriend, bought her a Range Rover after the first time they slept together. The diss set off a heated Twitter exchange between the two, during which the rapper demanded that Emmett, a fellow producer on the Starz series Power, pay him $1 million that 50 claimed he owed.

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Chelsea Handler vs. Angelina Jolie

Handler has openly criticized Jolie over the years, calling her a “homewrecker” in 2010 and saying she seemed “like a demon” in 2013. And in 2016, amid Jolie’s divorce from Brad Pitt, Handler said the actor “married a f–king lunatic.” By April 2019, the comedian had changed her tune. “I’m upset that I was so upset with Angelina Jolie,” she said on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen at the time. “I realized she’s probably just trying to do her best too.”

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Debra Messing vs. Susan Sarandon

After duking it out on Twitter throughout the 2016 presidential election, Messing once again called out her feud partner in September 2018 after Sarandon commented that Donald Trump indirectly inspired women and people of color to run for office. “STFU SUSAN. Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT,” the Will & Grace star tweeted, to which the Oscar winner responded, “Debs, before you get yourself all self-righteous try clicking on the video and listening to what I actually say.”

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Kim Kardashian vs. Tyson Beckford

In July 2018, Beckford shamed Kardashian’s appearance on Instagram, calling her body ‘not real’ and conjecturing that a doctor ‘f—ked up on her right hip.’ The reality star clapped back, writing, ‘Sis we all know why you don’t care for it.’ (She later had to address accusations that her clapback was homophobic.)

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Jane Fonda vs. Megyn Kelly

After Kelly surprised Fonda by asking her about plastic surgery in a September 2017 episode of Megyn Kelly Today, Fonda referenced the awkward exchange on Today in January 2018 after Grace and Frankie costar Lily Tomlin joked about Fonda’s “first face-lift.” Fonda responded, “Who are you, Megyn Kelly?” For her part, Kelly commented that the actress “appears to be fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago.”

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Neil Patrick Harris vs. James Woods

The two actors clashed in July 2017 after Woods posted a photo of a couple with their young, “gender creative” son at a Pride celebration and said the boy would grow up to be a murderer. “Utterly ignorant and classless, Mr. Woods,” Harris tweeted. “I’m friends with this family. You know not of what you speak, and should be ashamed of yourself.” The Shark alum responded, writing, “Using one’s child as a social justice propaganda doll is tantamount to child abuse. This is not about homophobia. Nice try though.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz vs. Kim Kardashian

Commenting on Kardashian’s tendency to post nude selfies online, Moretz tweeted at the reality star in March 2016 to say she hopes the reality star “realize[s] how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies.” Kardashian lashed out at the Greta actress, writing, “Let’s all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to twitter, since no one knows who she is. your nylon cover is cute boo.”

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Miley Cyrus vs. Nicki Minaj

Minaj called out Cyrus live on air at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in August of that year after the “Mother’s Daughter” singer criticized Minaj’s “not so nice” comments about Taylor Swift in The New York Times. “And now back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me in the press,” the rapper said on stage, giving the spotlight back to Cyrus. “Miley, what’s good?”

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Howard Stern vs. Lena Dunham

Stern dissed both Dunham and her HBO show, Girls, on his radio show in January 2013, saying, ”It’s a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill and she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like rape. … I don’t want to see that.” The shock jock later apologized for the comment, and Dunham called into his show to take issue with his assessment. “I’m not that fat, Howard,” she said.

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Jon Hamm vs. Kim Kardashian

“Whether it’s Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated,” Hamm told Elle UK for its April 2012 issue. The KKW Beauty founder didn’t take the slight sitting down. “I respect Jon and I am a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that not everyone takes the same path in life,” she tweeted at the time. “We’re all working hard and we all have to respect one another. Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is a part of a successful TV show, produces, writes, designs, and creates, ‘stupid,’ is in my opinion careless.”

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