Poor Shailene Woodley. 🙁
It is at all times unhappy when a personality leaves a TV present, whether or not their character is killed off or just leaves city. Normally although, it matches the story…however generally, an actor/their character is abruptly booted off the present.
Generally, they have been fired, or the actor did not present as much as set (or did not get referred to as again to set). Generally, they have been recast, so their character remained. And generally, their character simply disappeared into skinny air.
Listed here are 17 occasions characters have been unceremoniously killed or booted off a present, to the detriment of the plot/continuity.
Brooke Smith joined the Gray’s Anatomy forged again in late Season 2 as Dr. Erica Hahn, and later grew to become one half of the present’s first vital lesbian pairing: Callica (Callie and Erica).
Nevertheless, she was let go in Season 5, reportedly as a result of the community did not just like the course the couple was taking or Hahn’s character. Smith stated of her dismissal, “They only out of the blue advised me that they couldn’t write for my character anymore. … I don’t suppose I’m ever going to know [why this really happened].” Her character was final seen strolling to her automobile, and it was revealed she give up the subsequent episode.
Erica’s premature departure was defined by the present’s govt producer, Shonda Rhimes, who defined, “Sadly, we didn’t discover that the magic and chemistry with Brooke’s character would maintain in the long term. The affect of the Callie/Erica relationship might be felt and performed out in a narrative for Callie.”
One other character on Gray’s who left abruptly was Izzie. There was a number of controversy round Katherine Heigl’s departure from the present, with some claiming she merely hadn’t confirmed as much as work in Season 7. In actuality, Heigl stated she was on household depart, and determined she wished to focus extra time on being a mother. Earlier than she was due again, she stated she talked to Shonda and “waited at home till I used to be given the formal OK that I used to be off the present.”
Her final episode was Season 6, Episode 12. Her character did depart city within the episode, however it wasn’t anticipated that she’d by no means come again on the present.
Charlie Sheen suffered a fairly public fall from grace again in 2011, and was thus fired from his TV present Two and a Half Males. On the time, Sheen was the highest-paid actor on US TV.
The rest of the season was cancelled, and the subsequent season started along with his character’s funeral after dying offscreen (although, within the collection finale, he was revealed to be alive; earlier than promptly dying once more).
To revitalize the present, Ashton Kutcher was introduced in because the second lead. The present ran for 4 extra seasons, however many followers felt it wasn’t the identical.
Danny was a fan favourite character on Teen Wolf, and he bought an even bigger function when he started a relationship with new character Ethan in Season 3.
On the finish of the season, they broke up, and Ethan left city, and Danny revealed he knew all about werewolves. So naturally…followers have been anticipating this to affect the plot, and Danny’s plotline to proceed.
However Danny simply…by no means returned. Not even for the finale, for which Ethan returned (now courting Jackson), although showrunner Jeff Davis had assured us we hadn’t seen the final of Danny. For actor Keahu Kahuanui’s half, he joked concerning the scenario with this video suggesting Danny had confirmed as much as faculty in the future and it was locked.
Shannen Doherty was one in all three fundamental characters on Charmed for the primary three seasons — after which out of the blue, her character was killed off. This was particularly surprising contemplating your entire premise of the present was across the energy of three — principally, the Halliwell sisters’ energy revolved round there being three of them.
To rectify this, the present needed to introduce a long-lost sister to once more full the trio, performed by Rose McGowan. Prue’s dying wasn’t within the authentic plan of the present — it was Doherty’s selection to depart. She stated, “There was an excessive amount of drama on the set and never sufficient ardour for the work” (which many assumed was referring to costar Alyssa Milano, with whom there’d been rumors of drama). Milano and McGowan additionally ended up having drama.
Doherty’s character’s dying wasn’t even clear within the episode it occurred, and got here throughout as a bit random and abrupt. (She’s actually simply killed by falling by way of a wall, similar to Piper was — however Piper was fantastic?) Followers weren’t the one ones divided on her character’s abrupt exit — costar Holly Marie Combs stated, ”We should always have had a chance to have her character, Prue, make a sleek exit and have our story writers correctly plan for that.”
Doherty had additionally left Beverly Hills, 90210 beneath less-than-ideal circumstances.
She was really fired attributable to Tori Spelling talking to her father, who produced the present, about on-set fights and pressure between Doherty and different forged members. The final time we noticed Brenda on the present, she was spending the evening with Dylan earlier than leaving for a yr at an performing faculty. Nevertheless, the final scene principally includes her promising to return again to Dylan and saying she’ll at all times love him. Besides…she by no means got here again.
A lot of the actors/characters on this record had abrupt exits, however they will really nonetheless be unceremoniously ousted slowly. Most likely one of many worst examples of that is Charisma Carpenter, who performed Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer after which its spin-off Angel.
After seasons of character growth and being a fan favourite, she acted as a villain in Season 4 and principally went towards every little thing she stood for as a personality (together with sleeping with Connor, her finest good friend and love curiosity Angel’s teenage son). It was ultimately revealed she had been possessed by an evil pressure, which the heroes defeated — however Cordelia was nonetheless left in a coma on the finish of Season 4.
Carpenter says present creator Joss Whedon assured her that she would not be fired after her character was put within the coma, however later, when the press referred to as her for remark, she found she had, in truth, been fired. Carpenter believes she was fired as retaliation for turning into pregnant. Whedon allegedly requested her if she was “going to maintain it” after which accused her of sabotaging the present when he came upon about her being pregnant.
Danneel Ackles had an analogous expertise on One Tree Hill. After going from a villain/the favored woman (like Cordelia), she had a fantastic character arc. However then in Season 5, she had a heroin habit and stole from Brooke, who was solely making an attempt to assist her. She returned in Season 7 as a villain made out to be even worse than Dan, the present’s fundamental villain.
Ackles has since come out and stated that in her thoughts, Rachel’s story ended significantly better. Within the wake of the allegations towards present creator Mark Schwahn, she stated of Rachel’s downfall and character assassination: “There have been a number of issues which have come out just lately about One Tree Hill, so I will allow you to simply type of resolve why you suppose that occurred to her. … Our govt producer and creator type of had a means of — when he was carried out with you — making you permit the present the worst attainable means.”
One early emotional second of Avengers: Endgame was when Scott reunited along with his daughter after 5 years within the Quantum Realm (properly, for him, 5 hours), and he or she was now a youngster.
The function was performed by Emma Fuhrmann. However then, for the third Ant-Man film, Fuhrmann was ousted and changed with Kathryn Newton for seemingly no purpose. Taking to Twitter, Fuhrmann seemingly implied she’d realized the information on-line concurrently everybody else, when Newton’s casting was introduced. For Marvel’s half, they by no means gave a purpose for the recast.
Talking of the MCU…there have been two main character recasts: Bruce Banner and James Rhodes. Let’s begin with Bruce, who was initially performed by Ed Norton in 2008’s The Unbelievable Hulk.
However by 2012’s The Avengers, he’d been changed by Mark Ruffalo. The Unbelievable Hulk left Bruce on the run/engaged on his transformations in British Columbia. The Avengers picked up with him working in Calcutta. There’s nothing to counsel they don’t seem to be the identical Bruce, however they reference little or no from The Unbelievable Hulk.
Explanations for Norton’s ousting have diversified. At first, Norton maintained that he “sincerely hoped it may occur and be nice for everybody,” however that it hadn’t “turned out as all of us hoped.” However later, he urged he’d been the rationale for the recast, saying he’d carried out all he wished with the function and did not wish to proceed the massive obligation to proceed to look within the franchise. Marvel’s clarification was that they wanted “an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our different gifted forged members” and who may thrive as a part of an ensemble.
Terrence Howard was additionally changed after showing in a single MCU movie: Iron Man. Howard stated that he was changed as a result of Marvel refused to pay him what they’d initially promised for the second movie, as set out of their three-picture deal. “It seems that the individual I helped turn into Iron Man … when it was time to re-up for the second, (he) took the cash that was alleged to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard stated, presumably referring to Downey Jr.
He was changed by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2 and all subsequent movies. He even appeared in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a efficiency for which he was nominated for an Emmy. Marvel did not touch upon the change.
One final MCU actor that disappeared — Natalie Portman, who performed Jane Foster within the first two Thor movies. She didn’t reprise her function within the third, later saying, “Clearly, I wasn’t written into [Thor: Ragnarok] due to the place it befell. It wasn’t actually on Earth, and my character is on Earth.”
However this reply was a bit shady/a little bit of a cop-out, contemplating that there have been scenes on Earth the place Jane was even talked about — additionally, Portman starred within the second movie, which largely didn’t happen on Earth. There had been rumors Portman had been sad with director Patty Jenkins’ departure from the second movie, and he or she later stated she was “carried out” with the MCU, so far as she knew.
For his or her half, Marvel president Kevin Feige stated they have been in search of somebody who was extra Thor’s “equal” and even his “superior” for the third movie, which was why they forged Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and made her the feminine lead as an alternative (although, notably, not a love curiosity for Thor).
Fortunately, director Taika Waititi was capable of persuade Portman to return to play Jane in a brand new gentle (as Woman Thor!) so we’ll see her within the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
Shailene Woodley is a family identify now, however she wasn’t when she appeared as Marissa’s youthful sister in The O.C. Actually, it was one in all her massive roles. Nevertheless, when the character bought an even bigger function in Season 3, she’d been changed by Willa Holland.
Talking of her ousting, Woodley stated, “They wanted a woman who had a physique.” Even supposing she was the identical age as Holland, she says she hadn’t gone by way of puberty but and was a “late bloomer.”
One other actor who was principally kicked off The O.C. was Olivia Wilde. Wilde’s character Alex was ground-breaking for the time as a result of she was bisexual and had a relationship with Marissa. For these causes, creator Josh Schwartz says they have been made to write down the character off.
“They advised us, ‘Persons are anxious about this episode and this storyline and blah blah blah,’” Schwartz stated. “So we needed to write her out means ahead of we anticipated, so it simply grew to become way more rushed.” Their relationship ended relatively abruptly and extra negatively than folks anticipated, with Alex behaving a bit out of character in her jealousy.
One other teen drama love curiosity who left fairly abruptly was Aaron Rose, Serena’s boyfriend on Gossip Woman that was principally universally hated by followers.
He appeared in a lot of the primary half of the season, and Serena went to Argentina with him…however then he by no means returned. Sources from the present said that the writers did not like the course his character was getting in. So…poof. He was gone, although he is Blair’s step-brother.
On the subject of juvenile reveals…Dustin Milligan performed Ethan, a love curiosity for Naomi, Annie, and even Silver on 90210’s first season — then he principally simply disappeared.
Milligan stated that by the point the present began taking pictures, the outline of the character — who was alleged to be extra comedic, which was a extra snug style for Milligan — had modified. “It was robust ‘trigger I used to be, like, consistently making an attempt to pressure my means into being a humorous character,” he stated. When the present creators left and new writers have been switched in for the second season, they determined to “change issues up,” and Milligan did not return. As a substitute, Liam had an even bigger function because the male lead alongside Dixon, and Teddy was additionally launched.
Let’s finish on one of the crucial ostentatious examples of characters being unceremoniously booted from a present: Donna on Kevin Can Wait. Erinn Hayes performed Donna within the present’s first season, earlier than being fired and changed with Leah Remini.
And no, I do not imply her character was recast. I imply her character was abruptly killed, and Leah Remini was introduced in to function the brand new feminine lead, prone to attempt to recapture the actors’ chemistry on their earlier sitcom, King of Queens. Regardless of Kevin sharing three youngsters with Donna and her being a fundamental character in Season 1, Donna’s dying was solely talked about in passing in Season 2.
Fan response was intensely detrimental, and CBS even admitted they made a mistake. The present was cancelled after Season 2.
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