23 TV Characters Recast After The Actor Quit the Show

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TV is an interesting business. Unlike movies, which are jobs that come together and dissolve, being a TV actor playing TV characters is like having a real job. You show up every day and film your scenes and go home. You come back year after year to get the chance to do it all over again. Most of the time, the stability of that job makes it a rewarding one. Actors form families and get to rely on a consistent paycheck.

Sometimes, though, things don’t work out that well. Sometimes, the actors working on a show quit, either because of creative differences or because a new opportunity arises. When that happens, the people running a TV show only have a couple of options. They can either write the character out of the show or cast someone else to play them. In these 23 cases, the showrunners elected to recast the character.

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