The Reasons Why Beloved Actors Left The Shows Earlier

Have you found yourself shocked when your favorite character is written off of a show? Well, there are many unexpected reasons why stars are booted... You'll never believe why Amy Carlson suddenly exited Blue Bloods or who Steve Carell blames for being kicked off of The Office! We've gathered the most shocking exits, so stay tuned!

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Amy Carlson on set for the series, Blue Bloods.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Amy Carlson on set for the series, Blue Bloods.


Selma Blair

Actress Selma Blair was enjoying her time on board the show, Anger Management. Her character, Charlie's girlfriend, Kate Wales, had an interesting storyline on the series that dealt with the struggles of balancing one's career and relationships. That was until she was shown the door.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair at the "Anger Management" panel during the FX portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 28, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair at the "Anger Management" panel during the FX portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 28, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

The comedy series saw Selma exit in June of 2013, but she did not accept her fate immediately. The star took the production company to court for being wrongfully terminated. This occurred after she complained about the long time it took Charlie Sheen to learn his lines.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair at the "Anger Management" panel during the FX portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 28, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair at the "Anger Management" panel during the FX portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 28, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.


Isaiah Washington

As Dr. Buke on Grey's Anatomy, nobody expected Isaiah Washington's departure. He was released from the hit medical drama because of inappropriate comments he slung at T.K. Knight off-screen. The actor has since said there was a miscommunication, but some fans will never get over it. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actor Isaiah Washington on set for the series, Grey's Anatomy.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actor Isaiah Washington on set for the series, Grey's Anatomy.


Stana Katic

2016 was the year Stana Katic said goodbye to Castle. The series follows mystery novelist Rick Castle and Kate Beckett as they solve the criminal world together. Stana's exit was surprising, and a source shared the following comment

"We were always very upfront with the studio and the producers about the possibility that we might not be bringing the show back for a season nine. But the studio has to do what they need to do in order to prepare for the possibility of a season nine."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Stana Katic attends the "Absentia" premiere at Beatriz building on March 20, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Stana Katic attends the "Absentia" premiere at Beatriz building on March 20, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

Stana was written out of the series because of unclear reasons, but one thing that stands out is the series and its ending. Shortly after it was announced that the central star, Stana, would not be coming back, the entire series was also given the cancellation news. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Stana Katic attends the "Absentia" premiere at Beatriz building on March 20, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Stana Katic attends the "Absentia" premiere at Beatriz building on March 20, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.


Taylor Momsen

Known as the "goth girl" from years gone by Gossip Girl's "Jenny Humphrey" was rumored to have left the hit show to focus on her music. But after the success of the famous teen drama, some believe Taylor Momsen was shown the door because of her unreliable attitude and actions.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Portrait of Taylor Momsen, star of hit tv show Gossip Girl.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Portrait of Taylor Momsen, star of hit tv show Gossip Girl.

Hollywood Life reported that the actress had diva tendencies and was not a pleasure to work with. They said:  

"Taylor wasn't on set filming much this season, but when she did show up she wasn't very level-headed. The show's executives didn't trust that she was really giving it her all, so they dismissed her as a regular."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Taylor Momsen filming on location for "Gossip Girl" on the streets of Manhattan on September 14, 2009 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Taylor Momsen filming on location for "Gossip Girl" on the streets of Manhattan on September 14, 2009 in New York City.


Anne Hathaway

For her role on the project, Knocked Up, the beloved Anne Hathaway was given the red light. The actress was replaced by Katherine Heigel in 2007, proving that any star can be booted! "Knocked up" followed a mother's journey on raising an unexpected child. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Anne Hathaway and Emmy Rossum attend Amazon's Museum Of Modern Love on October 10, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Anne Hathaway and Emmy Rossum attend Amazon's Museum Of Modern Love on October 10, 2019 in New York City.

Hathaway has commented on the rumors of her exit in the meantime. She shared the details in a meeting with Allure, Anne said:  

“My issue with it was that having not experienced motherhood myself, I didn't know how I was gonna feel on the other side about giving birth.”

Image Credit: Getty Images / Anne Hathaway of 'Modern Love' speaks at Television Critics Association Press Tour on July 27, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Anne Hathaway of 'Modern Love' speaks at Television Critics Association Press Tour on July 27, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.


Ashton Kutcher And Topher Grace

Can you remember the acclaimed American sitcom, The 70s Show? It chronicled the lives of teenagers like Michael Kelso and Eric Forman, who were hilarious on-screen. But the men behind the show, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace, actually left on their own accord.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Topher Grace attends MPTF's 8th annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event at Directors Guild Of America on November 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Topher Grace attends MPTF's 8th annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event at Directors Guild Of America on November 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

They asked producers of That '70s Show to write them off of the show. Why? Well, they wanted to transition from life on the T.V. screen to more serious endeavors. Ashton Kutcher is an excellent example of this as he is now not only an actor but a successful businessman. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actor Ashton Kutcher of "That 70's Show" poses for a photographer August 26, 2000 at "Rock the Vote", part of the "National Election 2000 Bus Tour" at Universal City Walk in Universal City, CA.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actor Ashton Kutcher of "That 70's Show" poses for a photographer August 26, 2000 at "Rock the Vote", part of the "National Election 2000 Bus Tour" at Universal City Walk in Universal City, CA.


Damon Wayans

Lorne Michaels, the man in charge of the beloved Saturday Night Live, made an executive decision when it came to the actor, Damon Wayans. Damon changed up some of the lines on the live sketch comedy show, which left Michales frustrated and sending Damon out the door! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Comedian Damon Wayans Jr. performs at Ha Ha Cafe Comedy Club on May 4, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Comedian Damon Wayans Jr. performs at Ha Ha Cafe Comedy Club on May 4, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.


Charlie Sheen 

Charlie Sheen has been making media headlines for years, and it is usually connected to negative news. His track record with inappropriate behavior is what led to his departure from a show that initially centered around him. From his public meltdown to other issues, he was shown the door. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and August T. Jones on set for the series Two and A Half Men.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and August T. Jones on set for the series Two and A Half Men.

At first, it was challenging to imagine Two and a Half Men without the main man, Charlie Sheen, but the producers took a brave step and brought in a new actor. The young and impressive Ashton Kutcher took over one of the slots, and the series seemed to carry on as per usual. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards on set for the series Two and A Half Men.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actors Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards on set for the series Two and A Half Men.


Mischa Barton 

She came to life as Marissa Cooper on The O.C. and garnered fans across the world for her part in the hit drama, which was watched for years. And then came the shocker, Marissa's death in the series. Fans were left speechless that she was written out of the series.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mischa Barton during "The O.C." Season Finale Party - Inside at Falcon in Hollywood, California, United States.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mischa Barton during "The O.C." Season Finale Party - Inside at Falcon in Hollywood, California, United States.

So why did Mischa Barton's character get a farewell bid? Well, the star actress has spoken about it and indicates that it was her choice. She opted to say goodbye so that she could take on a career as a filmstar instead of T.V.  She has since starred in various horror movies.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mischa Barton during "The O.C." Season Finale Party - Inside at Falcon in Hollywood, California, United States.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Mischa Barton during "The O.C." Season Finale Party - Inside at Falcon in Hollywood, California, United States.


Katherine Heigl 

She's graced our screens in countless romantic comedies and drama series over the years, but Katherine Heigl has made a few enemies in Hollywood. The actress was written off of Grey's Anatomy because she refused an Emmy nomination, indirectly criticizing the writers of the show.  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Katherine Heigl on set for the series, Grey's Anatomy.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Katherine Heigl on set for the series, Grey's Anatomy.

It has also been hinted that she proved tough to work with and does not always have a high rep in the industry. The star took on the role of a doctor in the beloved series, which follows Meredith Grey and her fellow men and women in scrubs as they tackle life. But it seems Heigl won't be making a comeback anytime soon!

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Katherine Heigl on set for the series, Grey's Anatomy.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Katherine Heigl on set for the series, Grey's Anatomy.


Chloe Grace Moretz

Working on the project, Bolt was great fun for the rising star, Chole Grace Moretz. That was the case until she was kicked off mid-production! In the animation, an 11-year-old Moretz was set to star as Penny, but she was replaced with Miley Cyrus for most of the project. Ouch! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actresses Chloe Grace Moretz (L) and Charlize Theron on stage during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 16, 2016.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actresses Chloe Grace Moretz (L) and Charlize Theron on stage during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 16, 2016.


Megan Fox

Megan Fox was relatively new to the acting world when she got a lucky break to star in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The model, however, put her foot in it when she made inappropriate comments toward the film's director, Micheal Bay. Consequently, she was recast by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Megan Fox and Anna Behlmer attend the 55th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards on February 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Megan Fox and Anna Behlmer attend the 55th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards on February 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

When speaking with a British magazine called Wonderland, Megan Fox said that the director was "a nightmare to work for." He responded to this by showing her the door. He was instructed to do this with guidance from film producer extraordinaire, Steven Spielberg.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Megan Fox and Anna Behlmer attend the 55th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards on February 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Megan Fox and Anna Behlmer attend the 55th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards on February 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong is another That 70's Show alum. He had to take a break from production because he spent some time in jail. His journey actually led to some inspiration for the book and movie, Wolf of Wall Street. Later Tommy made a comeback on That 70s show and has not looked back since then. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Comedian Tommy Chong speaks on stage during Cheech & Chong 'O Cannabis Tour' at Abbotsford Centre on October 10, 2019 in Abbotsford, Canada.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Comedian Tommy Chong speaks on stage during Cheech & Chong 'O Cannabis Tour' at Abbotsford Centre on October 10, 2019 in Abbotsford, Canada.


Jay Thomas

The series, Cheers was one of those memorable series that followed the lives of a group of friends. Carla's husband, Eddie, aka Jay Thomas, was a fan fave but was eventually written off of the series. His exit came after some inappropriate words and jokes made about Rhea Perlman's looks. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Jay Thomas at Club USA, New York, New York, Novemeber 5, 1993.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Jay Thomas at Club USA, New York, New York, Novemeber 5, 1993.


Northern Calloway 

If we rewind back to the 70s, we find ourselves in the days of Sesame Street. When the puppet series brought on a human character, namely Northern Calloway, things went south. Sadly he faced some issues with his mental health and had to be written out of the series.