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Gary Coleman -- Little Pet Shop of Horrors

6/12/2010 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gary Coleman was clear -- he didn't like animals -- so imagine his dismay when he was forced to work at a pet store and put up with all that crap.

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Gary took the job as part of a reality show pilot that was shot in 2008 and never aired.  A life coach made him take the job to improve his people skills and save his marriage to then wife Shannon Price.

It didn't work so well.

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61.

Lil    

Aww that was so cute..What a shame that this talented person could not find work. I loved this little guy and his personality.
RIP you left to soon

1531 days ago
62.

A-SLICE    

I hope he didn't paralyze that rabbit by letting it twist all over the place as he held it. What a grumpy *******. Did he ever enjoy anything in life?

1531 days ago
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sugarbee    

Some of you people are so F_cking mean, and that is exactly WHY he was a bitter person. He was not MEAN, he was treated pretty crappy by people whom he cared about and grew to not trust for good reason. I think he was funny and some of the stuff he says, while it is sad, it's also very true. I wish this show would of aired because he would of found new fans because of his honesty. I hope the poor guy is finally at peace.

1531 days ago
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Vanessa    

Hilarious with the guinea pig...he's negative about everything though, but was still kinda funny.

1530 days ago
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nigel    

Why didn't the "coach" tell that stupid bitch to get a job herself? Why should Gary be the sole provider...proves she's just a selfish **** who should rot in prison for murder.

1530 days ago
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David K.    

In all honesty, I'd be shocked if what I'm about to say 'really' needs to be mentioned, but judging from several comments I've read, I'm no longer as certain... but...



Humans are animals... we, are animals. No better or worse than other animals, or non-human animals; just different. From the smallest brained fruit fly, to the higher functioning animals such as chimpanzees and cuttlefish, or even us... along with all of our cousins in the animal kingdom, are just struggling to survive in the only ways we know how.



That said, it does seem that we are unique in our capacity/motivation to be cruel to others simply because it makes us feel better about our own lives, as shown by the comments here, ironically, which are lambasting Mr. Coleman for his 'percieved' negativity.



Until you've walked a mile in a man's shoes...

1530 days ago
67.

wow    

Working with animals just wasn't his thing. He said he was a realist and yes, people think pets are cute until they get them home and see how difficult they can be. Then they dump them. Some people don't like working with animals or computers or other people for that matter. Why didn't this coach find the man something that he would enjoy and be compatible with? At least Gary tried.

1530 days ago
68.

Lilly    

TMZ you bastards. Leave it alone. You guys are vultures. The man is DEAD!! LET HIM RIP.



RIP Gary Coleman.

1530 days ago
69.

Bulgarian BeeGee    

Introducing the "Gary Coleman Stair Net" Available for those men whose wives love 80's sitcom royalty money more than they love 80's sitcome actors lives.

1530 days ago
70.

Bryan    

Such a bitter man. o_O Who the hell doesn't love animals???

1530 days ago
71.

TRUTHURTS    

I DIDNT SEE HIM HUNT OR KILL A ANIMAL JUST FOR SPORT.



NOT EVERYONE LIKES WORM INFESTED PETS LIVING IN A PEOPLE HOME.



TO EACH THEIR OWN AND GARY WAS REAL I LIKE HIM EVEN MORE AFTER SEEING THIS VIDEO. ( THOUGHT WE WOULD HATE HIM ''TMZ'')



REST IN PEACE GARY.

1530 days ago
72.

JLS    

Reality shows are scripted and staged or they wouldn't be interesting. Nobody really knows how Gary felt about animals. Don't make assumptions base on a reality show.



He was remarkably funny. I know he's come across as angry the last part of his life but I can see what fueled that anger. He certainly was correct about people only wanting to be in his company for what they could get!

1530 days ago
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Gsharon 710    

Brian, yet Gary did it to try to save his marriage. Wanna know who don't like animals???Lots of people. Gary did not need any more germs that could attack his body. Everyone do not like animals same as SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO WORK OR LIKE PEOPLE ENOUGH TO COMFORT THEM IN THEIR LAST HOURS.But of course animals are more important than Gary. POS

1530 days ago
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JLS    

I think there are more bitter people posting here than anyone ever accused Gary of being. Wow, really scary types posting here today.

1530 days ago
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JLS    

Over 70 million dogs in the USA and even more cats. No, it's incorrect to state that many people don't like animals. It's unusual given those verifiable stats.



Most of the time bitter people are bitter at other humans and feel nothing but warmth around their animals. In my opinion, humans are really nasty. Read all the posts prior to mine for proof. They lie and plot and plan to do each other harm. They are loyal to nobody-hence the epic cheating- and love to cause each other emotional pain.



If a dog doesn't like another, they sniff, snap and are gone. Nothing behind your back. Oh and to the idiot that called all of them worm infested, look at what Rachel Uchitel is spreading and tell me which is worse.



Most dogs and cats have NO PARASITES. You are really uneducated on the subject.

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