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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.

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Image: via Screencapped

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.

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19. David Yost

The story behind David Yost – a.k.a Billy Cranston/Blue Power Ranger – leaving Power Rangers Zeo is a disturbing one. In 2010 the homosexual Yost alleged that he was “called f*ggot one too many times” by crew on the franchise that he fronted from 1993 to 1996. So, after his character dropping out of the story, Yost, so he later claimed, tried to change his sexuality with conversion therapy. Yost’s doing fine now – but his story definitely puts the ever-popular TV show in a new light.

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