For many ’90s kids, Friday nights were spent glued to the television screen watching ABC’s TGIF lineup. From shows like Full House and Family Matters, these wholesome, feel-good family comedies were often charming, witty and fun, And yet, behind the scenes, many of the actors on these sitcoms certainly weren’t sugary sweet. Here are the 5 most shocking scandals that plagued the stars of TGIF.
Melissa Joan Hart Had A Little Too Much Fun In Her 20's
Melissa Joan Hart is the '90s darling loved from Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Hart played Sabrina on TGIF from the time she was 20 until she was 27 years old and she admitted to Oprah on Oprah: Where Are They Now? that once she started making TGIF money, she got a tad wild. On one particular night before a Maxim magazine shoot, Hart was partying at the Playboy mansion where she took ecstasy and made out with a girl in the back of a limo. Needless to say, her photoshoot the next day was a complete disaster. Hart said, "that was probably the least professional I’ve ever been in my career.” Not the most scandalous thing ever, but certainly not what we'd exact from Sabrina.
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Jodie Sweetin Became A Full-Blown Drug Addict
Former Full House star Jodie Sweetin has not been shy about her past struggles with drug addiction. After Full House wrapped in '95, Sweetin went on a decade-long drug binge that left her snorting meth at the Olsen twin's New York Minute film premiere in 2004. She also ruined her friend and co-stars Candace Cameron Bure's wedding in 1996. She was only 14 years old at the time but she got a hold of two bottles of wine and had to be cariied out of the reception. Luckily, for the sake of herself and her children, Sweetin has been sober since 2008 and she has returned to the spotlight to reprise her role as Stephanie Tanner on Netflix's Fuller House.
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Jaleel White Beat His Child's Mother
We all knew and loved Jaleel White as the nerdy but adorable Steve Urkel on Family Matters. But, it looks like the man behind the actor is pretty sucky. In 2012, Bridget Hardy, White's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child accused him of domestic abuse. According to Hardy, White pushed her into a toilet so violently that the porcelain smashed. If that's not horrific enough, when under oath, White admitted the allegations were true.
Sasha Mitchell Is A Wife Beater
Sasha Mitchell is known for his role as the surfer boy Cody Lambert on the TGIF series Step by Step. In 1995 during the height of the series, Mitchell was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife and endangering his stepdaughter. Allegedly he "whacked her upside the head, kicked her in the hip and put a hole in their bathroom door." Horrific. Mitchelle pled not-guilty and blamed everything on his wife.