Over the course of a television show, we grow close to the characters on screen. We see them in a wide variety of situations and learn much more about their quirks, habits and core beliefs than we ever could from a single feature film. We cheer with them, get mad at them, and find bits of ourselves in them. And then, sometimes, they come back a completely different person. No, we’re not talking about TV characters with inexplicable personality changes. We are talking about cases where the actor playing a role is completely recast with someone else. In many cases, there isn’t even an explanation – the show just goes on as if nothing has changed.
Why do manufacturers do this? One could argue that it completely takes the viewer out of the show’s constructed world, and it does to a degree. But in some cases, there seems to be no other choice. Producers can fire an actor for any number of controversies, whether it’s a disagreement over the character’s creative direction or a dispute over on-set work behavior. On the flip side, an actor can also sometimes get out of a contract if there’s a major problem that can’t be solved any other way.
While an actor’s departure from a TV show is often chalked up to “scheduling issues,” there are plenty of other reasons why producers may choose to recast a particular role. Below, learn about 10 TV actors who were replaced on their respective TV shows due to controversial reasons.
10 TV actors who were replaced for controversial reasons
These actors were replaced from hit shows under clouds of controversy.