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14 Surprisingly Dark Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Lighthearted Shows

John Stamos tried to have the Olsen twins replaced!

Warning: This post includes topics of sexual harassment, violence, and addiction.

1. John Stamos tried to get Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen fired from their role as Michelle Tanner on Full House.

John Stamos on the set of "Full House" with the Olsen twins as Michelle

2. David Angell, a creator and executive producer of Frasier, was tragically killed along with 91 other passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11.

A title card reading "In loving memory of our friends Lynn and David Angell" and Martin Crane calling Niles and Daphne's baby "David"

3. Chevy Chase regularly made “non-PC” comments directed at Donald Glover on set and famously feuded with showrunner Dan Harmon on Community.

Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon being interviewed with the cast of "Community"

4. In the original pitch of Bob’s Burgers, the Belchers were supposed to be cannibals who served their customers patties made of human flesh.

A crowd standing around a sign reading "food may contain human flesh" in the original pitch of "Bob's Burgers"

5. Will Smith only starred in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air because he owed millions of dollars in backdated taxes to the IRS.

Will Smith talking about being broke and famous

6. Lisa Bonet was allegedly fired from her role as Denise Huxtable after just one season of A Different World because she was pregnant in real life.

Lisa Bonet with the cast of "A Different World"

7. Matthew Perry struggled with addiction while filming Friends.

Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, and Courtney Cox on "Friends"

8. Northern Calloway, who played a recurring Sesame Street character, was charged with aggravated assault in 1980 after he beat a Nashville woman with an iron.

A newspaper clipping from Arizona detailing the attack committed by Northern J. Calloway

9. Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick dated while playing brother and sister on The Brady Bunch.

Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick with the rest of the cast on location in Hawaii

10. Tisha Campbell filed a sexual harassment against her onscreen husband, Martin Lawrence, in 1997, thus ending the series Martin.

Martin and Tisha from "Martin" with recent comments about each other made on Instagram

11. The creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show, John Kricfalusi, was sexually abusing underage girls.

John Kricfalusi storyboarding for Ren

12. Roseanne Barr mistreated the writing staff of Roseanne.

Roseanne eating a chocolate cake in an episode of "Roseanne"

13. Angela Watson sued her parents after they spent most of her Step by Step earnings.

The cast of "Step by Step"

14. And Ron Howard took the role of Richie Cunningham in the pilot of Happy Days in order to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam War.

Ron Howard with some of the cast of "Happy Days"

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and find more resources here.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search your local center here.