8 Celebs Who Are Glad They Got Fired
Howard Stern was just too shocking for one radio station
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2013 9:15 AM CST
Jerry Seinfeld performs in 2012.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for David Lynch Foundation, File)

(Newser) – If you've ever been fired, it probably wasn't a pleasant experience—but take heart from these eight celebrities rounded up by the Week. They, too, got canned, only to move on to bigger and better things:

  • Jerry Seinfeld: He had a recurring role on Benson in the early '80s, and when he got fired from the ABC sitcom, no one even remembered to tell him. He decided then and there not to do another sitcom unless he had more control over the creative process, and the rest is history.
  • Robert Redford: Before he was an actor, he worked at Standard Oil—and was put on probation when he was found sleeping in an oil tank he was supposed to be cleaning. But when he started doing tricks with the forklift he was assigned to drive, and eventually crashed it, his time at the company came to an end. Of course, he's probably pretty pleased with the way his career turned out in the end.

  • Wilco: When the band recorded Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, its record label didn't like the sound and dropped the band. So Wilco streamed the album on its website, free—and it became a huge hit.
  • Howard Stern: The DJ was once fired from a New York station for being too offensive—how surprising! The station didn't like the "Beastiality Dial-a-Date" segment Stern did. But the shock jock's edgy schtick ended up making him a household name.
Click for the complete list, including one person who got fired with the line, "You look retarded."

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Jan 12, 2013 4:00 PM CST
When I was working at one hospital psych ward where the internal politics was THICK, a high placed management type tried to fire me for not wearing a bra---except that I was! Had to prove it in front of everyone by showing them my bra strap... That was fun! A couple of weeks later, they tried to fire me for sitting on the desk at the nurses station...
Jan 12, 2013 11:32 AM CST
I got fired as a high-level assistant despite my journalism degree and training, and it was the best thing that could have happened. It prompted me to finally pursue a job as a reporter, and I have built a wonderful career from those early efforts. On a different note, I often cringe when I read these story teasers because the writing is amateurish and incorrect from a journalistic standpoint, as well as being incorrect based upon basic English. Of course, this may be of no interest to the average reader, but to journalists, editors or English students, it is tiresome. However, I'd like to commend you on this line, "...on Benson in the early '80s..." You almost got it right. While the correct way to write the decade to which you reference is "80s" you came very close by not putting an apostrophe before the letter "s," (80's), a mistake that is made often by media. Although, in this particular situation, it would appear that you are simply copying and pasting another person's writing, I'm still going to commend you. Now, if I could only get Newser to properly write the phrase "under way," which is always two words and never one.
Jan 12, 2013 10:38 AM CST
Stern more famously was fired from dc101 for calling air florida and booking a one way flight to the 14th street bridge.