4 People Whose Mouths Got Them Fired

4 People Whose Mouths Got Them FiredEver say something at work you regretted right after the words came out of your mouth? Spoken words are just as damaging as that inappropriate email you can't retrieve after it is sent. Say the wrong thing to the wrong person and your entire career can be irreparably damaged. Here are several high profile examples.

General Stanley A. McChrystal
In 2010 Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings tagged alongside General Stanley McChrystal who was in command of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan at the time. During the time he was interviewed by Rolling Stone he made many inappropriate comments that were reported in the article "The Runaway General". McChrystal took shots at President Obama, Vice-President Biden, U.S. ambassador Karl Eikenberry, National Security Advisor Jim Jones, and Richard Holbrooke from the State Department.

McChrysal's bosses were unanimous in their opinions that his comments about the President were completely unacceptable. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said McChrystal made a "significant mistake" and used "poor judgment." Noting that public, derogatory words about your bosses won't do, President Obama said of McChrystal's remarks, "undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system." General McChrystal was ordered back to Washington, DC, where he was forced to resign his position, thus abruptly ending an otherwise stellar career. More

Charlie Sheen
In 2011 Charlie Sheen lost his acting job with the television show Two and a Half Men. In a letter explaining why they were firing Sheen, Warner Brothers said there were several reasons for his termination including "Being unable to perform his duties on Men; admitting to cocaine use; making derogatory public comments about the show; and refusing to continue on the series without “radical changes” being made." One of Sheen's public comments about his boss, producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre, was that he was a "clown" and a "stupid, stupid little man." Sheen started out making $160,000.00 per episode of Two and a Half Men and was making $1.25 million per episode when he was fired. More

Megan Fox
Steven Speilberg took great offense when Megan Fox, former star in the Transformers movie series, said publicly of director Michael Bay, "He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is," she said. "So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward." Fox was fired and had her movie contract cancelled.

Juan Williams
Juan Williams was a network radio announcer for NPR when he was fired for the statement “Muslims on planes make me nervous.” While appearing on the The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly asked him to comment on the idea that the U.S. is facing a dilemma with Muslims. His response about Muslims on airplanes triggered an immediate response from National Public Radio to terminate his employment. More

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