10 Characters Written Off in Petty Ways Due to Conflicts With the Actor

Charlie Sheen
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What characters were written off shows in petty, spiteful ways due to conflicts with the actor? After a quick polling of a popular internet forum, these are the top-voted responses.

1. Charlie Harper; Two and a Half Men

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Someone suggested you couldn’t replace the long-standing main character of a show. Another user exclaimed they were never watching Two and a Half Men again after the way they killed off Charlie! “Dying in Paris after being struck by a train? Please.”

2. Maximillian Arturo; Sliders

They wrote John Rhys-Davies’ character off of Sliders due to his vocal opinions on the show’s declining quality. Someone joked about the director’s vow for revenge on Dr. Arturo’s actor.

3. Cordelia Chase; Angel

They wrote Charisma Carpenter’s character Cordelia Chase off in Angel due to her pregnancy. Another person explained how many character arc options could have included Codelia’s pregnancy and how crummy that was to write her out.

4. Maude Flanders; The Simpsons

Someone noted that the voice actor for Maude Flanders on The Simpsons requested a pay increase, so they knocked her off the bleachers with a tee-shirt gun. They clarified Maggie Roswell wanted compensation for her commute from Denver to L.A. for the recording sessions.

5. Abby Scuito; NCIS

Many agreed that Abby’s departure from NCIS was abrupt and didn’t match the situation in the show. Many also agreed Abby’s exit was mainly related to co-star and executive producer Mark Harmon and the incident with his dog and another cast member who later required many stitches.

6. Barristan Selmy; Game of Thrones

Another mentioned an interview they saw with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, explaining how they killed him after he wrote a long letter about why he should remain alive. It made them want to kill his character even more.

7. Sharona Fleming; Monk

One described their love for Sharona from Monk and how hurt they were when she left the show. They continued by explaining how an unresolved contractual dispute can cause many problems behind the scenes. However, they were excited that she returned for the final episode.

8. Lance Sweets; Bones

John Francis Daley, Bones Lance Sweet was killed off because he wanted to take the directorial route in his career. Someone explained that they were more upset about how they killed Sweets than why they wrote him off. Beaten to death in a parking garage was doing Sweets dirty.

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9. The Sixth Doctor: Doctor Who

Another stated that due to a souring relationship between Colin Baker and the showrunner, he was fired as The Sixth Doctor without notice. They continued how that relationship was on such bad terms Baker didn’t return to film the reincarnation of the next Doctor.

In addition, it was noted that he didn’t like the wardrobe choices, and the head of the BBC didn’t like that current run either.

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10. 007; Grey’s Anatomy

George (007) from Grey’s Anatomy enlisted in the military to be helpful in the war. Instead, he was hit by a bus on his way to deployment. Unfortunately, 007 didn’t survive his injuries. His reasons for leaving the show included a lack of communication and less on-screen time.

We hope you enjoyed this Reddit discussion about which characters were killed off in petty ways from our favorite television shows. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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