It always comes as a shock when one of our favourite celebrities gets sacked from their role. Here are five celebrities who found themselves making the headlines when they lost their jobs.

Were you shocked to hear the news this morning?

Were you shocked to hear the news this morning?

Jose Mourinho

It was announced this morning (December 18) that Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, was sacked by the club with immediate effect.

Mourinho took over in May 2016, and although he has led them to some minor victories, the club have made no major progress.

He’s made the headlines in recent months for his erratic behaviour, but today will go down as one of the most shocking. Still, the rumoured £22.5 million payoff is sure to help mop up any tears.

Louis Walsh - The X Factor

Louis Walsh no longer serves as a judge on The X Factor
Louis Walsh no longer serves as a judge on The X Factor

The nation were shocked and saddened in 2007 when it was revealed that Louis Walsh would not be returning to The X Factor as a judge, but would remain behind the scenes managing some acts from the show.

However, just a couple of months later, Louis then announced that he would be returning to the fourth series, taking back his seat as a judge from Brian Friedman.

Louis’ other sackings, resignations and comebacks were a whirlwind over the coming seasons - so not quite as shocking further down the timeline! This year however did see him absent from the show from start to finish, and we have to admit, we missed him!

Arlene Phillips - Strictly Come Dancing

Photo Credit: JW/FAMOUS
Photo Credit: JW/FAMOUS

Arlene Phillips was on the judging panel of Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 until 2009, when she was replaced by none other than 2007 Strictly winner, Alesha Dixon.

The reasons surrounding her sacking were widely speculated to be due to Arlene's age, but no solid answer was ever given. Arlene continued her career in choreography, being the creative mastermind behind DanceX and Strictly Dance Fever.

MORE: Arlene Phillips says Strictly return is "hard"

Chris Moyles - Radio 1

Photo Credit: Michael Redina
Photo Credit: Michael Redina

Often outspoken and controversial Chris Moyles is one of the nation’s favourite radio DJs.

In September 2009, Chris became the longest-serving breakfast presenter on Radio 1, breaking the record which had previously been set by Tony Blackburn.

He was told to ‘wrap up’ before his contract ended; something Chris wasn’t too happy with as he was planning on ending his show on his own terms.

Steve Whitmire - The Muppets

Steve Whitmire voiced Kermit the Frog for 27 years before he was fired by Disney in 2017.

He said he was heartbroken to have left behind the role which he had dedicated his life to.

The ongoing row tells two stories: Whitmire’s version was that he was fighting for Kermit’s morals, whereas the producers said it was due to unacceptable conduct.

Whatever happened behind closed doors, the sacking came as a huge shock to fans of The Muppet Show.

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