People get fired every day. It happens—and it doesn't just happen to people who are "bad" at their jobs. It happens to good workers with bad bosses, people who aren't a fit for the job, people who are victims of new management…you get the gist. Here, meet amazing/brilliant/famous women who all, at one time, got the boot.
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Yes, even THE Oprah Winfrey has been given the pink slip. Winfrey co-anchored WJZ's 6 pm. weekday newscast in Baltimore, when, after seven months, she was let go. "I was removed from the 6 p.m. news exactly April 1, 1977," Winfrey told the Baltimore Sun. "The general manager called me upstairs, and I thought it was an April Fool's joke when they told me, 'We have bigger plans for you; we're going to put you on the morning cut-ins.'"
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Wintour was let go from a magazine job earlier in her career, but it didn't stop her from becoming the iconic editor of Vogue that she is now. "I worked for American Harper's Bazaar...they fired me. I recommend that you all get fired. It's a great learning experience."
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The actress learned how to deal with being fired early on, after she was sacked from a job at Burger King in high school. "The assistant manager didn't like me!" she told People.
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The actress learned that sometimes it's best to get fired, so that other opportunities can come your way. Telling The Hollywood Reporter, "Before Scandal, the only other two pilots I'd ever done were shows that got picked up, but I got fired. They recast my character on both shows. But if I had gotten picked up on one of them, I wouldn't have been able to do Ray. You know what I mean? It seems at the time like a my-career-is-over moment, but it makes perfect sense in the end."
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The actress was terminated and replaced after appearing on the soap opera The Young and The Restless as Sharon Newman. "I was fired because I was terrible,"Potter told Craig Ferguson. "I had to dance in like a bathing suit and, you know, they put all this paint on you, like you're supposed to be tan and there's music in the background, but there's not really music…I just couldn't do it." That didn't stop her—she later was cast in movies like Con Air and Patch Adams, and was one of the stars of Parenthood.
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The creator of your favorite book series of all time—duh, Harry Potter—got fired from her job as a secretary for the London office of Amnesty International because she daydreamed too much. Her severance check helped support her dream of becoming a writer, and her daydreams about a young wizard were put to good use, as we all know by now.
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