Talk shows can be home to some of the biggest talents on television. Just like any home, if the guests aren’t polite or courteous they can be banned in the blink of any eye.
Check out the 15 celebrities who have been banned from talk shows on the next pages…
One victim of Piers Morgan’s banning is Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, who walked off the set when the show ran a picture of his ex-wife against his wishes before an interview. In a later interview with TMZ, the actor called the banning “inconsequential.”
During an appearance on Watch What Happens, Anderson Cooper announced his wish to ban any and all Kardashians from his Bravo day time talk show Anderson. Ironically, this announcement happened shortly after Khloe professed her love for the host via Twitter.
Howard Stern has had a longstanding feud with Jay Leno that has supposedly rendered him persona non grata on The Tonight Show. The shock jock has accused Leno of lying about taking pay cuts, stealing segments from The Howard Stern Show, and has complained about NBC threatening Stern’s spot on America’s Got Talent due to this criticism.
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Upon the release of the Vince Vaughn vehicle The Dilemma, Ellen DeGeneres banned the actor from promoting the film on her show. The host cites a particularly homophobic scene in the film as the reason. Even without Ellen’s reaction, the film tanked and Vaughn made up with the host. He has appeared on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show numerous times since.
On top of the “Material Girl”, Piers Morgan also banned fellow America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel from his show. Apparently Morgan did not appreciate Mandel’s unique brand of humor, dubbing it “too irritating.”
During an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Joan Rivers revealed Johnny Carson banned her from The Tonight Show when she opted to start a competitive talk show on Fox. The show failed, but the ban has stood for over twenty years.
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Notoriously unhinged actor “Scary” Gary Busey was banned from The Howard Stern show in 2001 after he randomly picked up sidekick Robin Quiver in a bear hug and wrestled Stern to the ground. In 2003, Busey would blame the incident on his split personality disorder, saying it occurred because of one of the thirteen personalities residing within him. Busey reported the one that came out on that day was “Pesky, The Excitable Boy.” This is just one reason why he garners nicknames like “Scary Gary.”
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Earlier this month, Jon Stewart announced he had banned Hugh Grant from appearing on The Daily Show. The decision came on the basis of a particularly unpleasant visit Grant made to program in 2009 while promoting Did You Hear About The Morgans? Stewart described his visit by saying “He’s giving everyone s— the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the A$$.” To smooth things over, Grant would take to Twitter to fess up to his unpleasantness, stating “Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in ’09. Unforgivable. J[on] Stewart [was]correct to give me kicking.”
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Back during his shock comedy days, stand up comedian Bobcat Goldthwait set fire to a couch on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show set. The comedian was fined $2,700, had to pay $700 for the chair, and was forced to record a fire safety PSA. Oh, and he got banned from the show’s guest list permanently.
Howard Stern banned Gilbert Gottfried from his show for appearing on a rival’s show. However, this is one case when the pair would make up. Stern came to the comedian’s aid following his termination from the role of the Aflac duck due to jokes he tweeted about Japan’s tsunami. Gottfried made his return to the show on October 15th.
When Madonna joined Twitter last March, Piers Morgan decided it was the choice opportunity to sink his claws into the singer. Morgan tweeted at Madonna “Welcome to Twitter. You’re still banned from my show. Love Piers X.” Morgan has a longstanding feud with the singer and last January described her as “an irritant in my life for 20 years.”
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Of course Morgan is no stranger to a banning himself. Rosie O’Donnell publicly struck him from her guest list in 2011. The reason, of course, is his longstanding feud with O’Donnell. Morgan’s barring from The Rosie Show came with the explanation “He banned Madonna for no reason when his show started, so I’m banning Piers Morgan!” O’Donnell reasoned, “I don’t have anybody banned, but if I have to make a list, he’s on it.”
In a 2010 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Conan O’Brien revealed that, in the wake of losing his Tonight Show spot, rival Jay Leno would never be invited onto his show. “No” O’Brien said firmly in the interview. “There are certain things I will not do, regardless of the price.”
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During Conan O’ Brien’s Tonight Show stint the host banned Howard Stern personality Artie Lange from his show until he became sober. The same year Lange would get a lifetime ban from HBO Sports for unleashing a string of explicit jokes while on Joe Buck Live. Lange has been sober for several years following these incidents.
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Kathy Griffin’s shocking brand of humor has gotten her banned from several shows. Among her banning accolades are The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and The Late Show With David Letterman. Among her offenses are the profuse use of obscenity, sex jokes involving Howard Stern and Barbara Walters, and a striptease performed on-air for David Letterman.