4 People Whose Mouths Got Them Fired
Ever 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.
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.
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. 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
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.
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