When a favorite character is written out of a TV show, it can be frustrating for invested fans. But when the behind-the-scenes reason for the character’s sudden departure is revealed… that can be even more frustrating. For instance, these 20 actors all left their shows early, and the reasons why form an interesting view of what happens in writers’ rooms. In fact, some of these stories could make for pretty interesting TV episodes in their own right.
20. Columbus Short
Columbus Short played series regular Harrison Wright in ABC drama Scandal from 2012 to 2014. However, he’d probably have remained on the show longer if not for his own scandals. Indeed, after real-life incidents involving assault, domestic violence and drug abuse, Short’s on-screen alter ego was murdered.