Tom vs. Oprah
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Vs. Oprah

It wasn’t a feud in the classic Hollywood sense -- terse words, hurt feelings and dueling PR statements. Instead, Cruise’s 2005 appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” became a near-mauling, as the love-struck star hopped on the host’s couch and nearly wrestled the talk queen to the ground. “You’re gone,” Oprah told the ebullient actor. “The boy is gone.” (Courtesy of
Vs. Brooke Shields

In an interview with Access Hollywood in 2005 Cruise criticized Brooke Shields for using anti-depressants to deal with post-partum depression and recommended women dealing with similar issues take vitamins instead. “Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment option are best for them,” Shields told reporters in response. In Sept. of 2006 Cruise apologized. (Matthew Cavanaugh / EPA)
Vs. Sumner Redstone

In August of ’06 Sumner Redstone severed a 14-year relationship between Tom Cruise’s production company and Paramount (Viacom’s movie making arm). “He was embarrassing the studio,” Redstone told Vanity Fair later. Cruise’s producing partner Paula Wagner claimed the real reason for the termination was a failed contract negotiation a few weeks earlier. (AFP/Getty Images)
Vs. ‘South Park’

In May of 2006 Comedy Central decided to pull a “South Park” episode making fun of Scientology off the air. The rumor was that Tom Cruise had threatened not to do publicity for “Mission: Impossible III” unless the episode was scrapped. (Viacom owns both Comedy Central and Paramount, the studio behind “Mission: Impossible”). In response creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker released the following statement: “So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies.” (Comedy Central)