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Actors unexpectedly exiting television series

I was a huge fan of the show Fringe. I first heard of DL fave Meghan Markle when it was announced that she was joining the cast of that series. Her character disappeared after two episodes, even though her character was set-up to be a regular, or at least recurring character.

Justin Chambers was an original cast member on one of my all-time favorites, Cold Case. After a handful of episodes, his character was written out as not liking the hours of the job because of his wife and his diabetes, but it nobody ever explained why Chambers was let go. I've seen people speculate that it was to join the cast of Gray's Anatomy, but he left Cold Case in 2003, and Gray's didn't start until 2005.

by Anonymousreply 100October 16, 2021 2:22 PM

Anna Faris exiting Mom broke my heart.

by Anonymousreply 1October 14, 2021 12:55 AM

That annoying actress who vanished from The West Wing after one season - that was a good choice.

by Anonymousreply 2October 14, 2021 12:57 AM

Why did Mark Harmon leave NCIS?

by Anonymousreply 3October 14, 2021 1:00 AM

Farrah leaving "Charlies Angels" owns this thread. Spelling even thought she'd come back while they were filming the first few episodes. I even think they filmed Ladd's scenes separately so if Farrah decided to return, they'd just splice her in

by Anonymousreply 4October 14, 2021 3:59 AM

Valerie Harper and Roseanne own this thread.

by Anonymousreply 5October 14, 2021 6:19 AM

If you watched Meghan struggle through those first two episodes (it was a two-part opener) you'll understand. She is an absolute shit actress. So very very wooden and she only has a very short range. Think three different facial expressions she uses for everything., plus she mumbles. She was clearly out of her depth. You can see this in the first season of Suits too. Its just comical how bad she is at her craft. You can tell she never paid her dues.

by Anonymousreply 6October 14, 2021 11:27 AM

Don Murray from Knots Landing. Oh, Sid... RIP

by Anonymousreply 7October 14, 2021 11:32 AM

Although I never watched this shit show, I'd think Charlie Sheen's abrupt departure from TWO & A HALF MEN would own the thread

by Anonymousreply 8October 14, 2021 11:33 AM

Mark Harmon just announced he's leaving CSI-whatever shortly before their 60th season starts.

by Anonymousreply 9October 14, 2021 11:34 AM

Chris Noth from Law & Order

by Anonymousreply 10October 14, 2021 11:35 AM

She was so bad that Fringe decided to go in a completely different direction and recast a male character who became a permanent cast member in place of her. From Reddit:

What happened to Special Agent Amy Jessup?

Posted byu/BethJ2018 2 years ago What happened to Special Agent Amy Jessup? She was fast becoming a great addition to the team and then she disappeared.


Lord_of_Atlantis Cake day · 2y She married a prince.

Actually, she was written out of the show. They thought she would have a bigger role, but they dropped that storyline.

User avatar level 2 hooisit · 1y Good thing.

User avatar level 1 yungsoprano · 2y It's funny because I came to this subreddit a few days ago to find out the same thing. Apparently a user met her and asked what happened and she said the writers decided to go in a different direction.

User avatar level 1 DSFilm96 · 2y Was always disappointed they dropped this storyline, I thought they were really setting up an interesting arc for her.

User avatar level 2 BethJ2018 OP · 2y Me too!!

User avatar level 1 Gbaym · 2y Long story short, Jeff Pinkner and the writers created this character in the midst of the dispute with Kirk Acevedo (ultimately, thank god, they agreed to have him as a guest star in seasons two and three, but by the end of season one the question was whether he will be appearing on the show at al)l, FOX wanted another female character instead of Charlie, but the writers ultimately hated her, viewers didn't like her, so her storyline was quickly dropped. Honestly, watching season two in 2009, I was rather glad we didn't see her as a Charlie replacement, but sad they abruptly ended her storyline.

I will concede the storyline within the show they were setting up for the character was awesome. Sadly Meghan is such a cringeworthy shit actress that nobody could stand her. Read comments after she left Suits too, people were glad that she was gone and didn't like her or Rachel, which she played as herself.

by Anonymousreply 11October 14, 2021 11:55 AM

^^^ If she was in two episodes and gone, I doubt that viewers would have even seen those before they aired. They’d have many more episodes ready for viewing before starting the season.

by Anonymousreply 12October 14, 2021 1:08 PM

Facts of Life had many characters added to the show and then disappear. The Asian girl, the princess, the tough street girl, the Cassidy kid.

by Anonymousreply 13October 14, 2021 1:13 PM

While I agree with the comments that Markle is a limited actress, Fringe was a genre show, not a serious drama that required great acting.

by Anonymousreply 14October 14, 2021 1:14 PM

R8 Why would it "own the thread", moron. Are you aware of what a horrible life Chas had? He hated the show, hated Chuck Lorre, and always hated the writing. He was glad to go.

by Anonymousreply 15October 14, 2021 2:02 PM

well OP it looks like Justin is a repeat offender because he left Grey's pretty suddenly too.

by Anonymousreply 16October 14, 2021 2:07 PM

R6 she was fine, you obsessed freak. As evidenced by her increasing profile in the various shows she did after. She was brought in to replace another character and the writers decided to do something else yet again. The writers were fickle.

Also nice try making a Meghan thread without seeming to, OP. Still gonna get F&Fed

by Anonymousreply 17October 14, 2021 2:10 PM

Judy from Family Matters. She went up the stairs and never came back down. Ended up doing porn.

by Anonymousreply 18October 14, 2021 2:13 PM

I'm surprised no one mentioned Brian Batt (Salvatore Romano) leaving Mad Men. Of course, perhaps that was a planned exit -- I don't know.

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by Anonymousreply 19October 14, 2021 2:16 PM

Josh Charles' sudden departure on The Good Wife was pretty unexpected. As I recall, there was no advance word he was leaving, and then suddenly he was killed off in a courtroom shooting that was completely shocking, because he was such a major character (and as became clear after he left, a much needed one).

by Anonymousreply 20October 14, 2021 2:17 PM




Damian Lewis left both “Homeland” and “Billions” ver abruptly. I actually don’t think he’s really gone from “Billions.” The exit was just too haphazard.

by Anonymousreply 21October 14, 2021 2:52 PM

R21 Damian staying on Homeland after season 1 was a mistake.

by Anonymousreply 22October 14, 2021 2:55 PM

Gary Dourdan - CSI

by Anonymousreply 23October 14, 2021 2:59 PM

Chuck...the brother from Happy Days.

by Anonymousreply 24October 14, 2021 3:00 PM

I till toss and turn at nights thinking about that studly hunk Don DeFore's abrupt exit from "Hazel"!

by Anonymousreply 25October 14, 2021 3:01 PM

R12, they may have run those two episodes through a test audience.

by Anonymousreply 26October 14, 2021 3:04 PM

The youngest daughter on Family Matters

by Anonymousreply 27October 14, 2021 4:15 PM

The "legendary" Beverlee McKinsey left the soap "Guiding Light" by making the day before she started a two month vacation her last day, all done legally according to her contract and leaving everyone at the soap in shock and pissed off to the max. Interview about it at the link.

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by Anonymousreply 28October 14, 2021 4:22 PM

Really, R27? You couldn't read just 26 posts first? See R18.

by Anonymousreply 29October 14, 2021 5:48 PM

Didn't All My Children replace a Kendall or Bianca after one scene?

by Anonymousreply 30October 14, 2021 5:51 PM

[quote]Damian Lewis left both “Homeland” and “Billions” ver abruptly. I actually don’t think he’s really gone from “Billions.” The exit was just too haphazard.

Damian left Billions because his wife recently died and he wants to stay settled for their kids. He was able to shoot his scenes away from the cast during the final season so that he could be with her in the UK.

- Was surprised when Thomas Haden Church left "Wings". He was given his own show, "Ned and Stacey" with DL fave Debs Messing.

-Russell Tovey departing "Being Human". His costar Aidan Turner had a planned exit as he was getting ready to do "The Hobbit" and asked to be written out, but once Turner decided to leave Tovey asked to be written out because he didn't want to continue on without Turner and felt it was a good jumping off point for his character.

-Messy Mandy Patinkin jumping ship from "Chicago Hope" and "Criminal Minds".

-Donald Glover leaving "Community". He wanted out to create his own series and pursue music. He's excelled at both.

by Anonymousreply 31October 14, 2021 6:10 PM

Laurence Fishburn on CSI

by Anonymousreply 32October 14, 2021 10:10 PM

I believe Misha Barton’s exit from The OC hurt the show.

by Anonymousreply 33October 14, 2021 10:16 PM

David Caruso/NYPD Blue

by Anonymousreply 34October 14, 2021 10:32 PM

[quote] Why would it "own the thread", moron. Are you aware of what a horrible life Chas had? He hated the show, hated Chuck Lorre, and always hated the writing. He was glad to go.

Oh dear. Looks like R15 is off her meds again...

by Anonymousreply 35October 14, 2021 10:58 PM

[quote]David Caruso/NYPD Blue

Which wasn't such a big deal in and of itself, but did they have to replace him with mumblemouth Jimmy Smits?

by Anonymousreply 36October 14, 2021 11:34 PM

[quote]Her character disappeared after two episodes, even though her character was set-up to be a regular, or at least recurring character.

It happens, but they brought Meghan in as a pawn and potential replacement for Anna Torv. They had the character bring up some potential storyline about biblical stuff. Anna decided to stay and they were taking the show in a different direction so she was out but it was good because if she was on the show she would have never landed Suits.

Henry Ian Cusick suddenly leaving Scandal after the first season was pretty shocking. He was apparently upset that he wasn't receiving enough screen time. I wonder if he had any clue what a hit that show would become. As the only other name there, outside of Kerry Washington, they would have given him a storyline eventually.

by Anonymousreply 37October 14, 2021 11:52 PM

"The Good Doctor" has now had two sudden departures that I don't think many people were expecting. First, Nicholas Gonzalez was killed off last season and now Antonia Thomas has left the series as well. Both were wonderful on the show.

by Anonymousreply 38October 15, 2021 1:28 AM

Nia Peeples' exit from "Fame" when her character, Nicole, was killed off by a drunken driver.

by Anonymousreply 39October 15, 2021 1:29 AM

John Ritter exited 8 Simple Rules abruptly.

by Anonymousreply 40October 15, 2021 1:59 AM

"Poochy" left The Itchy and Scratchy Show in mid episode when his spaceship blew up while returning to his never-before-mentioned home planet.

by Anonymousreply 41October 15, 2021 2:11 AM

Hello, this is DL, Dick York on "Bewitched" should have been everyone's first answer.

by Anonymousreply 42October 15, 2021 2:29 AM

Speaking of "Fame," it actually had constant cast turnover, with people coming and going throughout all of its six seasons. As I recall, only 4 cast members were there from beginning to end: Debbie Allen, Albert Hague, Carlo Imperato and Gene Anthony Ray. (Ann Nelson, who played Mrs. Berg, appeared at the halfway point of season 1 and remained until the series went off the air.)

by Anonymousreply 43October 15, 2021 2:58 AM

I heard Meghan speak when River ran some video of some conference she was addressing. I was in the other room and I heard this corncrake Valley Girl screech. For a moment I wondered what happened, if my laptop had switched channels or something. When I saw it I turned it off. Her voice and the fake expression on the lunar landscape that was her face made me recoil. There's no way I could ever listen to her speak again unless threatened by securiddy with grievous bodily harm.

If you've ever seen still shots from 'Suits' you can see she hams up every moment the camera is on her, making quirky, almost spastic moves, next to the actor in the shot. I've never googled shots of her, but just the few I've seen are all alike. The only reason there's scenery left in the shot is because she's still chewing up the rest of it, and she's desperately trying to swallow it so she can chew up the rest of it.

I'm not addressing her marriage or the fallout from that. I'm offering my opinion on my impression of her acting skills, or what passed for them. I'm not a professional actor, I never have been one, and I don't play one on telly. But it's obvious to anybody her ambition far outweighed her talent as an actress.

by Anonymousreply 44October 15, 2021 3:12 AM

Sherry Stringfield during the third season of ER. This was before spoilers were a thing, so I believe the general public only knew about it on the day the episode aired.

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by Anonymousreply 45October 15, 2021 3:28 AM

What about that lady who fell down an elevator shaft on some show? I didn’t watch it, but it’s supposed to be notorious.

by Anonymousreply 46October 15, 2021 3:31 AM

Will on The Good Wife. Did not see that one coming.

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by Anonymousreply 47October 15, 2021 3:34 AM

R46, I believe you're referring to Diana Muldaur on "L.A. Law."

by Anonymousreply 48October 15, 2021 3:39 AM

Meghan didn't "land" Suits she was given that job by an also bi-racial director after she claimed they "bonded" after she blew the audition. Her words. She was never going to be kept on Fringe because her acting was not up to snuff. We easily see this on Suits. She didn't have ANY other recurring roles r17, but you know that. The mattress actress had gotten as far as she could.

by Anonymousreply 49October 15, 2021 3:41 AM

Also, increasing profile r17? Where? Her Fringe character was a main cast character with her own storyline on a major TV network, unlike 6th on the call sheet Rachel from Suits who was a background character and "love interest' who was being written off the show when her onscreen hubby decided to leave. There was no further work for her being offered.

by Anonymousreply 50October 15, 2021 3:46 AM

Shelley Hack when she left "Charlies Angels". Even he didn't know she was leaving.. Same with Kate Jackson -She just never appeared again..

by Anonymousreply 51October 15, 2021 3:48 AM

Ross' son Ben on "Friends".

by Anonymousreply 52October 15, 2021 3:52 AM

Suzanne Somers on some show about some guy and two girls. Don't recall the name.

by Anonymousreply 53October 15, 2021 3:53 AM

The most notorious of all, and the only one that matters:

Mia Farrow leaves Peyton Place....(Starts at the 21:00 minute mark to the end)

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by Anonymousreply 54October 15, 2021 3:56 AM

Mean Mother Dexter.

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by Anonymousreply 55October 15, 2021 3:59 AM

I always get her name wrong, but is it Lily Taylor or Liv Tyler on Six Feet Under, whose character seemed to leave abruptly, what was behind that? Wasn’t it that the actors who played Nate and Brenda despised each other and it might have been a hostile set environment?

by Anonymousreply 56October 15, 2021 4:22 AM

R33 I think it was mostly the shitty writing. Marissa was an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 57October 15, 2021 5:12 AM

Gil Bellows on Ally McBeal.

His storyline had gone down the shitter, but the Ally/Billy romance was key to the series.

by Anonymousreply 58October 15, 2021 5:52 AM

R35 Fuck off, Janbot.

by Anonymousreply 59October 15, 2021 9:49 AM

R59 - Crazy is as crazy does.

by Anonymousreply 60October 15, 2021 11:48 AM

Diana Canova ("Corrine") on SOAP. She was an original cast member and heavily involved in the stories, but sometime around the 3rd season (I think) they ran out of stories for her and she abruptly left Falls River, CT in one episode barely saying goodbye to anyone.

Canova got her own series that year ("I'm a Big Girl Now") that pretty much flopped.

by Anonymousreply 61October 15, 2021 11:50 AM

What about that mother on Eight is Enough, she left abruptly in the first season.

by Anonymousreply 62October 15, 2021 11:52 AM

R27 I just read that somewhere - Oh, R18

by Anonymousreply 63October 15, 2021 11:53 AM

Hermoine Baddeley ("Mrs. Naugatuck") on MAUDE. She was the longest-running Findley maid and became a fixture on the show. Then at the end of one of the later seasons she just abruptly announces she's moving away with new husband Bert Beasley.

by Anonymousreply 64October 15, 2021 11:55 AM

Also from KNOTS LANDING - Julie Harris and Constance McCashin. Both of them kicked to the curb unceremoniously for budget reasons despite being on the program for years and adding much to it. Their loss was indeed felt for the remainder of the show's run.

by Anonymousreply 65October 15, 2021 11:56 AM

R62 Well it is hard to continue your character when you die in real life.

by Anonymousreply 66October 15, 2021 1:27 PM

R62 - Diana Hyland got a spin-off series, DEATH IS ENOUGH. Just a one and done.

by Anonymousreply 67October 15, 2021 8:54 PM

Shelley Long

by Anonymousreply 68October 15, 2021 10:06 PM

Don Knotts, the Andy Griffith Show.

Were any DLers around back then? What was the public's reaction to Barney leaving Mayberry?

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by Anonymousreply 69October 15, 2021 10:19 PM

McLean Stevenson, M*A*S*H.

This is another one that I'm curious about, how do you remember people reacting to this?

I guess his character dying makes it a little different.

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by Anonymousreply 70October 15, 2021 10:25 PM

Curly Howard stroking his way out of the 3 Stooges

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by Anonymousreply 71October 15, 2021 10:26 PM

Mary Louise Wilson didn't just unexpectedly leave "One Day at a Time"; she fled for the sake of her mental health and professional dignity..

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by Anonymousreply 72October 15, 2021 10:35 PM

Simone Biles, 2021 Summer Olympics.

by Anonymousreply 73October 15, 2021 10:37 PM

Jessica Savitch, NBC News

by Anonymousreply 74October 15, 2021 10:41 PM

Addison Rae, TikTok.

by Anonymousreply 75October 16, 2021 12:10 AM

Maude Flanders. Rest in ding dang diddly peace.

by Anonymousreply 76October 16, 2021 12:51 AM

[quote] Shelley Long

Not unexpected. The public knew that she quit and would not return for Season 6 long before the Season 5 finale.

by Anonymousreply 77October 16, 2021 12:55 AM

The Ropers from Three’s Company. Norman Fell is still reeling from what they offered him which ended up being a huge let down in the end. Although, I did think Mr. Furley was a nice addition to the cast.

The spin-off The Ropers was just horrible.

by Anonymousreply 78October 16, 2021 1:31 AM

Did someone mention that one soap scene where the girl goes in for a hug and when she pulls out its a whole different actress? That's some funny shit.

by Anonymousreply 79October 16, 2021 1:56 AM

R78 "Norman Fell is still reeling..."

He hasn't been reeling in over 20 years

by Anonymousreply 80October 16, 2021 1:58 AM

The Dynasty reboot is constantly shedding cast members. They’re on their third Cristal and their third Alexis and they’ve only aired four seasons. I’m dying to know who the cunt is on that set who is making everyone’s life miserable. My money is on the actress who plays Fallon.

by Anonymousreply 81October 16, 2021 6:10 AM

Holy fuck, I forgot Meghan Markle was on Fringe! They should have just had a better actress take her storyline instead of dropping it altogether. Man, I loved that show. Especially seasons 1 and 2.

And I’m pretty sure Justin Chambers has substance abuse problems. He might have been fired from Cold Case and cleaned up just in time for Grey’s Anatomy. I know there was at least one incident of him checking into a hospital for “Exhaustion” during his time on Grey’s.

by Anonymousreply 82October 16, 2021 6:22 AM

[Quote] I know there was at least one incident of him checking into a hospital for “Exhaustion” during his time on Grey’s.

Actors are still using that excuse??

by Anonymousreply 83October 16, 2021 10:35 AM

That bitch Barbara Bel Geddes unexpectedly left 'Dallas' and then unexpectedly came back.

by Anonymousreply 84October 16, 2021 11:22 AM

As a little kid I was thrown by Jeremy Gelbwaks being replaced on The Partridge Family. They couldn’t even find a similar looking actor?

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by Anonymousreply 85October 16, 2021 11:30 AM

r83 He stayed in the psych ward, so maybe not drugs but actual mental health problems. Or just drug-induced psychosis. I could swear there was a separate incident years later that didn't get as much press.

Love how the article dates itself by mentioning Britney's 5150. Must have been hard for him to pull a "Do you know who I am?!" with the nurses after she blew through.

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by Anonymousreply 86October 16, 2021 11:32 AM

I was so glad when that awful Coach character died on Cheers. I can't even watch the seasons with him, Woody was the sexiest and the best.

by Anonymousreply 87October 16, 2021 11:56 AM

Broadway Edition: Jeremy Piven, Speed the Plow

by Anonymousreply 88October 16, 2021 12:04 PM

Cindy Williams from Laverne & Shirley. She was pregnant. But the show had been on the cancellation list since the entire cast moved from Milwaukee to LA.

by Anonymousreply 89October 16, 2021 12:18 PM

R89 Lol, the cast was always in LA. Only the characters moved.

by Anonymousreply 90October 16, 2021 12:20 PM

Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Janice Rand from "Star Trek." On the ship one day, gone the next. There are episodes with other attractive women in roles that could have been for Rand. Apparently, she was let go and later said that she had been sexually assaulted by someone on the show (she never revealed who it had been). She also struggled with drug and alcohol addiction.

by Anonymousreply 91October 16, 2021 1:14 PM

Al Corley leaving DYNASTY as Steven Carrington. Most unexpected and disappointing. Same with Pamela Sue Martin about a year later. The show was never the same without them.

by Anonymousreply 92October 16, 2021 1:42 PM

I was glad when Paul Schneider’s character left Parks & Recreation, he was adding nothing.

by Anonymousreply 93October 16, 2021 1:50 PM

R93 - Did Paul have an uncle who worked as a building superintendent in Indianapolis?

by Anonymousreply 94October 16, 2021 1:52 PM

I wonder what happened to Paul Schneider? Wasn’t he an indie movie director for a while? Always thought he was cute.

by Anonymousreply 95October 16, 2021 1:54 PM

Rebecca Schaeffer - MY SISTER SAM

by Anonymousreply 96October 16, 2021 2:13 PM

Jon Erik Hexum - COVER UP

by Anonymousreply 97October 16, 2021 2:14 PM

R95 while I think he was a bit superfluous to requirements on Parks & Rec, I saw him on Broadway in Straight White Men a couple of years ago and he was good.

by Anonymousreply 98October 16, 2021 2:15 PM

Why Paul left...

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by Anonymousreply 99October 16, 2021 2:20 PM

Grey's is known as a set with brutal hours (6 days a week, 18 hours a day) and apparently Chambers developed some sleep-slash-drug-slash-alcohol issues and had some sort of a manic breakdown on set.

by Anonymousreply 100October 16, 2021 2:22 PM
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