It’s not easy to get in and work in Hollywood, actors on this list all managed to snag big roles on major shows including Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, Bones, and more. But the biggest Disney stars just want to move on at some point. These actors signed valuable contracts as their agreement with networks and executives to secure their work commitment to their respective show – including how long they’d appear on the show. But these actors found creative ways to actually get out of those contracts before they were supposed to.
The final season was split into two parts. Production scheduling was done that way to align with his schedule. He played Hank Schrader, DEA agent. He wanted to be written off so that he could pursue another project, Under the Dome, Stephen King project. He didn’t want to choose between the two so the producers helped him do both. He announced in March 2020 that he would take his Hank Schrader role to the show Better Call Saul.
Dan Stevens’ Downton Abbey character as Matthew Crawley, was killed off in the third season, fans were devastated. As Town and Country Mag said, Stevens is “still apologizing” for his departure because DA fans started slowly to move on. Producers said that Crawley’s accident was the only exit that would be “credible” for his character. Stevens revealed that he asked for the write-off, not renewing his contract because he wanted to pursue other acting ventures.
T. R. Knight
Another death that rocked television fans took place on the show Grey’s Anatomy when the tragedy struck his character out of nowhere. His reason to leave the show was different from the others. Knight worked for five seasons on Grey’s before the announcement that he wouldn’t return for season six. He said that he left because of the differences between him and show creator Rhimes. Contract negotiations between Knight and ABC network resulted in his early departure.
Mclean Stevenson was a major part of the ensemble of this show. He told writer Ken Levine that being a small part of an ensemble wasn’t enough. He wanted a project that saw him in a starring role. Levine acquiesced, and Stevenson was written out of the show in the third season’s finale. He went on to appear in sitcoms like The Mclean Stevenson Show, Condo, etc, but he never found the star vehicle he’d been searching for.
She leaves for a while for another project, but she already hinted a potential return a few years ago. Director Cameron insisted that instead of $35,000 for the sequel, he negotiated her salary to $1 million, as well as a share of the profits. Weaver said that she was surprised at how Alien took off. She agreed to a low salary because she thought it was just a “small” film.
William Shatner spoke about Nimoy’s departure from the series Star Trek as Dr. Spock, directed his own death scene in Wrath of Khan. That time, none of Nimoy’s castmates knew he was planning to leave for good. Director Meyer said that the reason for leaving was, he was “ambivalent” about the role and was looking to move on. There are no hard feelings. Shatner said that their relationship was “all great.”
It was one of the most confusing drama-thrillers on television. Monaghan starred as Charlie apparently asked to leave after thirteen episodes. The producers had an agreement with him to conclude his contract early after, giving his character a premature demise. He leaves because the pressure of the show was harming his experience. Director Lindelof said that he cried over the loss of Monaghan’s character, but he was surprised that the show lasted as long as it did.
She surprised everyone when she announced that she would be leaving Batwoman after just one season with her role Orange. She didn’t star in the show, but she had a supporting role that gained her a lot of visibility. Rose was not accustomed to the long hours that came from a starring role. She felt Batwoman was too demanding, gracefully asked producers to let her leave the show. The studio agreed to recast Javicia Leslie in part.
John Francis Daley
Daley played the role of Lance Sweets for seven years on this drama. The season ten opener of the show came out as Sweets was on the verge of having a kid with his girlfriend when he was killed. He’d gotten involved in the FBI conspiracy. His departure saddened fans, they didn’t know that he asked to be written off the show. He is a successful comedy writer and wanted to direct one of his own screenplays.
Emily Bett Rickards
She didn’t decide to leave Arrow lightly. She asked to be written off the show before her contract was up. Producers chose to wait until her contract expired before giving her an ending, whereas she played Felicity Smoak on the show. She felt bad leaving as people had fallen in love with the character, and seven seasons was more than enough. She wanted to move on and pursue other acting ventures.
Elliott Stabler, being played by Meloni, was abruptly written off when his character met a sudden and grisly demise. It is all because of the simple contract negotiations that failed to conclude. He began negotiating for a higher salary at the beginning of season twelve, but the network wasn’t willing to meet him where he wanted. Good Housekeeping announced in April 2020 that he was going to make a comeback on SVU.
Fans didn’t know that Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, is a British who lives in England when he is not filming the show. His time kept him away from his family for about half a year, the reason why he asked to be written off the show. He announced that he would return but not for the drama, but he would reprise his role for three TV movies instead.
He played Eko on Lost, where he was originally going to be on the show for four seasons. But the actor wanted to be out of his contract earlier because his parents died. He wanted to move back to London, England, and be with his family. Producers agreed, and he was offered a guest role on the show’s finale, but he turned it down because he had no shortage of roles.
His departure was a year in the making because his contract with the show expired, and he proposed to his now-wife around the time that he had to decide whether to return. He chose not to return, and his character was written off. Gardner, being killed off, was a big twist put his death caused viewers to “gasp.” Clearly, audiences were very sad to see this beloved character go.
He played Tuco Salamanca and made the character his own, turning Tuco into a psychotic live wire. But Cruz said that he actually asked to be written off the show because he felt physically too drained by the filming. He said that the twelve-to-fourteen-hour days on set were physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting. Cruz said he was happy when his character was killed off because he struggled with the brutality role of Tuco.
She left due to creative differences, whereas the show was moved from ABC to CMT, which was a major factor of her decision. She wanted to move on with her character, the plot’s direction, the station made her feel torn because she loved Nashville, which was canceled after six seasons. The show premiered with great reviews and decent ratings, canceled the show after four seasons. CMT picked it up, but only lasted for two seasons.
He was one of the best things about the Star Wars franchise, but he wanted to be out because he was worried that his role as Han Solo would lead to him as being typecast and worried that he would only be offered tough guy, action hero roles. He pitched the idea of a guest appearance as Solo in The Rise of Skywalker; he did so only with the promise of not being listed in the previews.
Dempsey became famous for his role as the hunky Derek on the show, where he asked to leave the show because he wanted to focus on his family, as well as his auto-racing career. He told People that he should have moved on a few seasons earlier, and there were no hard feelings between him and the show creator Rhimes. His departure from Grey’s was merely the end of a chapter in his life.
She left for much the same reason that Ruby Rose departed the Batwoman series as the work was too taxing. Producers later recalled how she explained that the workload was too physically and mentally demanding for her to continue, make her written off the show. The official explanation for her character’s departure was that she was released from her contract in order to pursue other opportunities. She affirmed that she had no regrets leaving the series.
Another departure was that of Chambers, who was on the show for fifteen years. His exit came in early 2020. Chambers said that there was no good time to leave and also he felt that Grey’s Anatomy had defined his life for the better part of two decades. Chambers left because he wanted to diversify his acting role. I also wanted new parts that didn’t revolve around medical drama. Fans were sad about his leaving.
Fans were devastated when Michael Scott who was played by Carrell, left the show, leaving a huge void that led to declining ratings and the show’s cancelation after season nine. Carrell left the show in season seven, it was thought that he left so he could focus on his film career, but the main reason was his contract was up with NBC, who refuse to renew his contract because he wanted a raise.
She left because she wanted to pursue other acting ventures, and she had grown tired of the show, and she asked to be written off. She was playing the role of the self-destructive Marissa Cooper, who was killed off in a car accident. The writers wanted the character just to move away to a new town, but she said that it wasn’t in keeping with the spirit of the character.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
He starred as Randy, and he left the show in order to focus more on his schooling also would later leave Hollywood altogether, much to the chagrin of millions of loving fans worldwide. Thomas said that he had no regrets about walking away from Hollywood. He said that he’d been “going nonstop” since he was eight years old. He reunited with his former Home Improvement dad Tim Allen on his series, the Last Man Standing.
She was killed off in a helicopter crash on the show. She later said that her reason she left her role as Linda was that she wanted to do something new with her acting career. Fans were upset that Carlson’s death occurred between seasons. Carlson said that she understood that her death surprised her fans and castmates, but her contract was up, and she simply wanted to move along.