You know what’s funny? While the six celebrities listed here have been complete a**holes to their assistants and employees (I’m looking at you, Naomi Campbell), Hitler – the man who is responsible for the deaths of millions upon millions of people – was apparently “a great boss to work for,” according to one woman’s account. So, if these six celebrities are worse bosses than Hitler, something’s seriously wrong.
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1. Naomi Campbell
Beautiful, tall, sexy… and seriously bad-tempered. That pretty much sums up supermodel/singer/actress Naomi Campbell.
Campbell was accused of 10 assault cases between 1998 and 2008 – including one on police officers. She pleaded guilty to assaulting her personal assistant Georgina Galanis with a phone and agreed to attend anger management classes. She later performed five days of community service after pleading guilty in throwing a BlackBerry at her housekeeper and was accused of slapping and beating actress Yvonne Sciò with – yep – her BlackBerry again.
The Wrath of Campbell does not end there, however: she was banned for life by British Airways after she assaulted two police officers at Heathrow Airport in London, England.
2. Paula Deen
American celebrity chef Paula Deen is a household name in the culinary word. She is a published author, has hosted several cooking shows on the Food Network, and is a renowned restaurateur.
She stirred sh*t in 2014, however, when she suddenly closed her Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House restaurant in Savannah, Georgia – without warning. Employees showed up to work on one Thursday morning, only to discover that the kitchen’s appliances had been taken away. Others discovered they were out of a job via a Facebook post which read “Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed.”
Uncle Bubba’s, which Deen co-owned with her brother Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers, Jr., reportedly offered workers their severance pay in the restaurant’s parking lot.
3. Ben Stiller
Known for his starring roles in Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum, and the Madagascar series, actor Ben Stiller is perhaps one of the most recognizable comedic actors of his time.
But not everyone’s a fan. In fact, Lucas Crosby (not his real name) landed a job as Stiller’s personal assistant for a little over two weeks, and soon discovered that the There’s Something About Mary star was a difficult celebrity to work for.
Crosby claimed that he had to carry around a blow dryer and hair products for the star, who “was constantly checking his hair.” Stiller was also a little picky about his iced tea: it had to be sweetened with “1.5 packets of Splendia inside 16 ounces of unsweetened iced tea” in a glass sans the condensation. Yep, Stiller reportedly asked Crosby to wipe the condensation off his glass.
Meanwhile, a leaked e-mail revealed that even Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rathman isn’t a fan of the actor either, who called him a “horrible human being.”
4. James Cameron
James Cameron’s name is synonymous with Hollywood, and he is best known for directing some of the biggest movies ever made, including The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, Titanic, Avatar, and Spider-Man.
However, while all these movies enjoyed international acclaim (Titanic won 11 Academy Awards while Avatar won all 10 Saturn Awards it was nominated for), Cameron is notorious for his harsh management style.
Kate Winslet said she wouldn’t work with Cameron again after experiencing his really bad temper on the set of Titanic while The Abyss cast were allegedly told to urinate in their wetsuits to save production time. He even nail-gunned crew’s cell phones to the wall if they inconveniently went off during the filming of Avatar.
5. Courtney Love
The widow of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain is known for her former substance abuse problems (she even appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman a little, well, intoxicated, to say the least) and for her destructive behavior. So it comes as little surprise that her name appears on this list.
Jessica Labrie was just one of many, many people to take legal action against the rocker when Love reportedly fired her. Labrie’s lawsuit claims she was forced to work over 60 hours a week and was requested to forge legal documents. She wasn’t even given the full scholarship to Yale University she was promised when she was hired in 2010. Love’s publicist denied the allegations and the Hole frontwoman has seemingly turned her life around and has claimed sobriety since 2007.
6. Mariah Carey
The “We Belong Together” singer’s assistants just don’t seem to feel the same way. Sorry, Mariah!
The Queen of R&B is notorious for being quite the diva (she reportedly had two people lower her on the sofa for a GMTV interview back in 2009 so that her dress wouldn’t get creased), and her former assistants can only attest to her out-of-this-world demands.
Simonette Da Costa, the former nanny to Carey’s two children, filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the singer earlier this year, claiming that she was “on duty during all hours of each 24 hour day with no entitlement for breaks, for meals, and even for sleep.” Da Costa was later fired for looking after the singer’s twins a little too well perhaps because Carey felt “they were getting confused who the mommy was.”
Meanwhile, Ylser Oliver claimed that she was refused meal breaks while working 16-hours a day for Carey until she quit her job in 2014 and filed a lawsuit against the diva.
Can you think of any other celebrities that are just horrible to work for? Let us know in the comments section below!