Mean Girls Star Lindsay Lohan’s Former Co-star Wishes She Had Sued the Actress for Bailing Out of a 2000 Sitcom That Failed Miserably

Bette Midler talks about how Lindsay Lohan's exit became somewhat of an issue for Bette.

mean girls star lindsay lohan, the parent trap (1998)


  • Bette Midler talks about her Bette sitcom, which was canceled after first season.
  • Admitting that the show had several problems, she pointed fingers at Lindsay Lohan for exiting the show.
  • Lohan, who starred as her daughter in the sitcom, left the show after the pilot season.
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Lindsay Lohan has continued to stay in the spotlight thanks to her acting career, which kickstarted as a child actress in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Following her successful career as a child actress, she became a teen icon with her work in Mean Girls. After pursuing her music career for a while, she continued to stay in the limelight, be it for personal reasons or her comeback attempts.

Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron in 2004's Mean Girls
Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron in 2004’s Mean Girls

Little did she know that jumping from one project to another would affect Bette Midler’s sitcom. The latter recently revealed that her sitcom, Bette, couldn’t really hit the mark, and she believes that the former’s exit contributed to its lack of success

Bette Midler Wished to Sue Lindsay Lohan for Exiting Bette

In a recent appearance on David Duchovny’s Fail Better podcast, Bette Midler reflected on a series of mistakes that affected the 2000 sitcom, Bette from becoming a success. 


Among the mistakes, she pointed out that Lindsay Lohan‘s exit after starring in the pilot episode played a significant role in the outcome. 

She shared, 

“Lindsay Lohan was cast as my daughter in the pilot. Well, after the pilot, Lindsay Lohan decided she didn’t want to do it. Or she had other fish to fry. So, Lindsay Lohan left the building. And I said, well, now what do you do?”

Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap
Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap (1998)

Lohan’s exit catapulted her to face the reality, which she revealed was chaotic. She added, 


“And the studio didn’t help me. It was extremely chaotic . . . and if I had been in my right mind, or if I had known that my part of my duties were to stand up and say, ‘This absolutely will not do, I’m going to sue,’ then I would have done that.”

She added, 

“But I seem to have been cosseted in some way that I couldn’t get to the writer’s room. I couldn’t speak to the showrunner. I couldn’t make myself clear.”

Lohan’s exit not only pushed the lead star into a corner, but her influence also would have affected its popularity. At the time, the Mean Girls star was newly enjoying The Parent Trap‘s success.

While Midler jokingly thought about suing her on-screen daughter, she knew what was wrong on that show. 


Bette Midler Also Put Herself to Blame for Bette‘s Failure

Bette Midler
Bette Midler [Credit: Wikipedia Commons/ Alan Light ]
Recalling her stint, she called it “A big, big, big mistake” for several reasons. But other than subtly deciding to sue Lohan, she believes that she was at fault for not understanding what it meant to make a sitcom. 

She shared, 

“It was the wrong motivation. It was a part of the media I simply did not understand. I watched it. I appreciated it. I enjoyed it, But I didn’t know what it meant to make it.”

She continued,


“I had made theatrical live events. I had made films. I had made variety television shows. I had been on talk shows. But I had never done a situation comedy. I didn’t realize what the pace was. And I didn’t understand what the hierarchy was. And no one bothered to tell me.”

She revealed that she was “kicked to the curb immediately” with no one by her side to guide her in making a project in the Television world. 

“I didn’t know what to do about it… I didn’t know that I could have taken charge, that I could have asserted, because I think because I was so terrified of being branded a grandstander.”

She was executive producer of Bette which was canceled after one season. Midler played a version of herself on the show, with Kevin Dunn playing her husband. The show consisted of 18 episodes, two of which went unaired with the show getting canceled after one season. 


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