The live-action TV business certainly wasn't left untouched by the "Weinstein effect", with numerous actors and producers seeing themselves booted from prominent shows as a result of sexual misconduct allegations.
Netflix announced the cancellation of House of Cards shortly after it was revealed that Kevin Spacey, who played the Villain Protagonist Frank Underwood, had made sexual advances on a then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp in 1986. The initial subsequent plan was to finish production on the sixth season to give the show a proper Grand Finale, but more accusations against Spacey began to spill out, including multiple incidents during the production of the show. This led Netflix to suspend production indefinitely and fire Spacey, with the producers eventually reaching the decision to move forward with wrapping up the series without him, leaving Robin Wright as the sole lead for the final season.
PBS programs Charlie Rose and Charlie Rose: The Week ended after the eponymous host of both shows got caught up in his own sexual assault scandal on November 20, 2017 (the first scheduled airing since Rose's fall was replaced with a rerun of Antiques Roadshow). He also lost his gig with CBS as the co-host of CBS This Morning in the fallout, being officially fired by both networks the day after. Rose was ultimately replaced by PBS with Christiane Amanpour and on CBS with John Dickerson, effectively confirming that his 45-year long media career was over.
Andrew Kreisberg, creator of the television series Arrow, The Flash (2014), Supergirl (2015), Legends of Tomorrow was first suspended and then definitely fired after several sexual harassment allegations were made against him. It was rumored that there were threats of massive walkout from the cast and crew if he was allowed to return. The Supergirl crew went so far as to completely throw out his story outline for the second half of Season 3 and just made up a new ending on the fly, because everyone was just that uncomfortable filming something that came out of his head.
Danny Masterson was fired from Netflix's The Ranch after accusations of rape against him began to surface. He also took Netflix exec Andy Yeatman with him in the fallout, when Yeatman bluntly said that neither he or the company believed the accusations (to add insult to injury, he revealed this to one of the accusers, unaware of who she was).
Celebrity chef Mario Batali quit ABC's The Chew after several women accused him of "inappropriate touching". Whatever impact the show would have had without Batali was minimized when the show was cancelled later that season.
Mere weeks after Charlie Rose lost his jobs, fellow PBS late-night stablemate Tavis Smiley was also fired by PBS following the investigation of multiple sexual misconduct allegations which were found to be credible enough to justify showing him and his program the door.
Mark Schwahn, creator of the CW's One Tree Hill and developer of E!'s The Royals, had allegations of sexual harassment made against him from cast and crew members of both shows - resulting in his being suspended from The Royals in November 2017 - and ultimately fired the following month.
It's safe to say that Allison Mack, best known for playing Chloe Sullivan in Smallville, had her career ruined after she got arrested for being a second-in-command in a sex trafficking cult. Things only got worse when it was revealed that she had also tried to get other female celebrities to join the cult (most of whom ignored her), and actress Samia Shoaib said Allison "love-bombed" and "mirrored" her to trick her into joining this group. Time will tell whether or not the Mack scandal brings down the reputation of Smallville with it. She ultimately pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of racketeering in April 2019 and is on house arrest at her parents house awaiting sentencing in September.
Les Moonves, the man who helped make CBS a prominent network again after it spent the 1990s as a joke in the entertainment industry, resigned from his post as CBS chairman in September 2018 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. This led to Julie Chen, Moonves' wife, leaving The Talk due to this conflict of interest (she remains as host of Big Brother for the time being, and even began using her married surname towards the end of Big Brother's 20th season). Moonves was later denied a reported $120 million in severance pay following his exit.
Eliza Dushku was fired from Bull after reporting that her co-star Michael Weatherly had sexually harassed her on set. The firing was pre-Weinstein but the ensuing legal battle was after the scandal broke. She had video of him doing it as well as emails and texts showing that her firing was retaliatory in nature which is illegal. She and CBS eventually came to a $9.5 million settlement in mediation. Part of the deal was that she got to have a meeting with Steven Spielberg whose production company Amblin made the show. Spielberg took her side and in May 2019, announced that he would be pulling funding from the show immediately. It, however, has been renewed for a fourth season without Amblin.
Within the course of a year, Discovery Communications, parent company of TLC and the Discovery Channel, was hit with three child abuse controversies, leading to the cancellation of all three shows:
TLC's reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was promptly canceled after TMZ revealed that Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson's mother June Shannon ("Mama June" in the series) was dating a man convicted of child molestation a decade before. What made things more shocking was the later revelation that the victim of the molestation was June's daughter, Anna, and that she was the one that blew the whistle.
Josh Duggar took his whole family with him after he confessed to molesting several girls, including his sisters when he was a teenager. He resigned from his position at the Family Research Council and TLC pulled repeats of 19 Kids and Counting from their lineup, before finally canceling it after several weeks of uncertainty as to the show's future.
Duggar daughter Jill and her husband Derick got fired from the spin-off show Counting On because of Dericks itchy Twitter finger. He'd publicly tweeted bigoted things about three fellow TLC personalities: Jazz Jennings, a trans woman (and a minor at the time) who he misgendered on purposeamong other horrible things he said about her and her familyand Nate Burkes and his husband Jeremiah Brent, who he not only insulted, but also brought their two very young children into it as well, implying that the kids would never be normal because they had two dads. He capped it all by claiming the network had a liberal bias for allowing such a family to be on televisionat which point the showrunners had finally had enough.
Paula Deen's long-running show was canceled after audio of her using the "N word" and making off-color jokes concerning minorities and Jews was discovered. After her admittance to using racial slurs with no regrets whatsoever and the resulting backlash against her, the network chose not to renew Paula Deen's contract and ceased any and all involvement with her. Shortly after, Deen's endorsement deals began to rapidly fall from the sky. At least one article has been written that suggests that the N-word incident was just the final nail in the coffin, and Food Network had already been trying to get rid of her anyway because she didn't draw the 18-49 crowd advertisers love.
Robert Irvine was temporarily suspended from his first series, Dinner: Impossible, after it was discovered that he had padded his resume rather outrageously (including claiming to have worked on Charles and Diana's wedding cake and having been a White House chef), and he was replaced by Iron Chef Michael Symon for the fifth season. Irvine was ultimately allowed to return to the show the next season and remained host until it ended its run two years later.
Have you ever wondered why Lenny McNab, winner of The Next Food Network Star's tenth season, never wound up with his show? Shortly afterward, allegations of him being racist, sexist, and otherwise rude toward various Food Network personalities behind everyone's backs cropped up. As a result, Lenny wound up being let go and so far is the only winner on the show to be denied his Food Network program.
RKO General was permanently banned from broadcasting in 1987 due to a wide variety of licensing misconducts dating back to 1965. The FCC vowed to reject any appeals on the decision; however, it gave RKO General the opportunity to wind down its operations peaceably, which it did by 1991, after which it went out of business. An epic case of a Company Ending Misdemeanor if there ever was one.
Not one, not two, but three prominent media personalities were hit with this in the wake of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, a.k.a. "Operation Varsity Blues", in which dozens of wealthy parents were arrested and charged by the Feds for paying a total of $25 million in bribes to fake their childrens' SAT scores and get them into Ivy League-level colleges through illicit means:
LoriLoughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid a bribe of $500,000, disguised as a charitable donation, so that the University of Southern California's (USC) admissions committee would be led to believe that her two daughters would join the school's women's rowing program; in truth, Loughlin's daughters had never been involved in rowing and had no plans to join the program. The Hallmark Channel fired her from When Calls the Heart after the arrest and removed all of her character's scenes from the remaining episodes of the sixth season, while Netflixfired her from the final season of Fuller House. Both Loughlin and Giannulli are currently standing trial, and will each face as much as 40 years in prison if found guilty. They also haven't endeared themselves with what's widely seen as a ridiculously arrogant reaction to the scandal, signing autographs outside the courtroom before the initial hearing and then refusing to plead guilty unlike numerous other people involved even though they were offered a very fair plea deal (according to an anonymous source close to the family, they actually thought the judge was bluffing about how bad things could get if they went this route, and you could actually pinpoint the moment it dawned on Loughlin that this wasn't something she could just buy her way out of). The plea deal they were offered was 2 years in prison which they likely wouldnt have served all of as non violent first time offenders are usually let out early with good behavior, especially if they cooperated with law enforcement. After several months, Loughlin finally seemed to realize what a hole she was in and appeared much more somber while making another visit to court to discuss a possible conflict of interest for their lawyers, but by then the damage was done and there was no way at all to avoid jail time with a guilty verdict.
Both daughters dropped out from USC, but not before speculation that the school would expel them just to save face. One of them, Olivia Jade Giannulli, was a YouTube/Instagram influencer who also saw her career take a serious hit; see her entry in Web Original.
FelicityHuffman paid a $15,000 bribe, also disguised as a charitable donation, to have someone take the SAT in her daughter's place. She quickly pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two weeks in prison, though the prosecutor in her case recommended a four-to-ten month jail sentence. While her involvement in the scandal hasn't cost her any roles (yet), her Netflix series Otherhood was pushed back several months to August 2019. Because of her guilty plea, humility, and light sentence, she likely wont have the hit to her career that Loughlin will.
Jackson, Mississippi's NBC affiliate WLBT was taken off the air in 1969 due to them having a clear bias against the Civil Rights Movement, opting to air their own racist propaganda instead of NBC's live coverage of certain events tied to said movement. NBC themselves had been complaining about the station as far back as 1955, when the station manager sabotaged the local broadcast of a Today segment featuring future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. Additionally, the station had also cut reporting on the Civil Rights movement from NBC's national news programming and pre-empted any network show that featured African-American actors or personalities, blaming the interference on technical issues. After the FCC considered these actions as a violation of their Fairness Doctrine, they stripped the station of their license and granted it to a trusted station group. This new version of WLBT became a pioneer in racial equity in Southern U.S. broadcasting, and their local newsmagazine program won a Peabody Award in 1976. As of 2019, the station retains its WLBT call letters and NBC affiliation but is otherwise a separate station to the one that existed prior to 1969.
Adrienne Bailon staged a fake nude photo controversy involving a stolen laptop with her agent and then-boyfriend Rob Kardashian in order to boost her fading career. The controversy caused a cancellation of The Cheetah Girls performance at the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and eventually led to the Cheetah Girls' dissolution. Previously, Bailon's recurring character was also dropped from That's So Raven because of backstage catfights with Raven-Symoné. Raven eventually left the Cheetah Girls as well (she was never an official member and only worked with the group for their first two films).
It's no exaggeration to say that Michael Barrymore was the king of light entertainment in the UK during The '90s with a string of hit Game Shows and Chat Shows - he was essentially the UK equivalent of Regis Philbin in terms of his profile and popularity. It stopped abruptly after a man was found dead in his swimming pool after a party. The British tabloids pounced and stories of drug-fuelled gay orgies and other lurid and salacious behaviour filled their pages. While Barrymore was never charged or convicted for any criminal offence, his contract with ITV (the UK's main commercial network) was terminated, his shows were all cancelled and his career went into freefall. Since then Barrymore's only real high profile work since was as a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother in the mid-2000s.
Japanese television star Becky lost several of her hosting gigs and most of her sponsors after it was revealed that she had an affair with Enon Kawatani, the frontman for the Math Rock band Gesu no Kiwami Otome. On the other hand, Kawatani's career was largely unaffected because of what Western observers have described as a double standard in Japanese celebrity culture. In this culture, the fallout from such an affair would be more harmful to the career of a girl-next-door TV host than to the male lead singer of an indie rock band.
Gesu No Kiwami Otome lost out on only a single job due to the controversy: The opportunity to record a theme song for the latest Crayon Shin-chan film. Despite the news breaking shortly before the release of their second album Ryōseibai, the album still debuted at number one in the Japanese charts. In 2018, the band would release a scathingly satirical music video attacking Japanese tabloid culture and the public's obsession with celebrity scandals that had many parallels with what happened to Becky and Kawatani.
Jo Ann Castle, a pianist who performed on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1959 to 1969, was fired for her role in a Detroit bar brawl. While her offscreen behavior proved an embarrassment to Welk, the brawl appears to have been the last straw. Since then, Castle has wandered in and out of trouble with the law, culminating in a confession in 2013 to a child molestation coverup.
Stephen Collins' career was already flagging following the cancellation of 7th Heaven, along with his highly-publicized divorce with Faye Grant. The straw that finally broke the camel's back, however, came when TMZ leaked an audio recording of Collins admitting to Grant during a therapy session that he had molested several underage girls for years. The massive media and public fallout directly resulted in multiple stations, TV Guide Network and Up TV pulling reruns of 7th Heaven from circulation (CBS Drama in the UK also abruptly pulled the show from its schedule), Seth MacFarlane firing him from production of the sequel to Ted, being forced to resign from his post in the Screen Actors Guild Board, his character in Scandal getting McLeaned after announcing his intent to return in Season 4, and all of his agents dropping him. However, Up TV subsequently reinstated the reruns, presumably due to viewer demand.
Jeff Conaway's drug problems got him fired from Taxi after he was discovered in his trailer too strung out to work. His character Bobby Wheeler's lines were divided among other characters, causing the producers to realize they didn't need Conaway and the headaches he caused at all. His career had a slight bounce with a recurring-then-permanent character in Babylon 5, but his habits kicked in harder after that series, with only bit parts in films and movies, including a Harsher in Hindsight stint on the first season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, before his death in 2011.
Angus Deayton was the presenter of Have I Got News for You until lurid tales of drugs and disguised prostitutes came to light. He was mocked relentlessly on the show, then booted out. Paul Merton later claimed that it wasn't Deayton's behavior itself that led to his dismissal, but rather that it would make it near-impossible for him to fulfill his role of skewering politicians and other public figures for the exact same behavior; the few episodes he filmed after the story broke suffer for that very reason. The format relies on his playing the Straight Man, and he'd become the Butt-Monkey. He later hosted Would I Lie to You? for its first two series before being replaced from it as well.
Perhaps the most famous example of a Career Ending Misdemeanour in the British media came in 1970, on the part of former pirate radio DJ-turned-TV chat show host Simon Dee. It started when he was overheard making an off-colour guess as to how his line-manager's daughter had secured a plum job at the BBC, involving the word "blow-job". Then, he attempted to spike a friend's pre-broadcast drink with LSD prior to going on air with the London Weekend Television programme he hosted; unfortunately, the drink was instead "snaffled" by his studio guest, James Bond actor George Lazenby, who consequently went before the cameras high as a kite, rambling incoherently about having a list of American Senators who were in on the conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy, to the utter confusion of Dee and the recording's other guests, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The episode was pre-recorded rather than broadcast live, but this incident was still the last straw for LWT, and they did not renew Dee's contract. Lazenby continued his acting career, but ultimately went to California, where he became a successful property developer; Dee, on the other hand, was last seen washing buses for London Transport and making very occasional appearances on "Whatever happened to...?" programmes before his death from bone cancer in 2009.
On Beverly Hills, 90210 she developed a reputation for being rude and confrontational on set - at one point coming to physical blows with Jennie Garth. She was frequently late as well. Apparently the last straw for producers was midway through filming the season finale when Shannen decided to get a major haircut, wreaking havoc with the continuity. She was fired and replaced with Tiffani Amber Thiessen.
Charmed (1998) (ironically enough also produced by Aaron Spelling) - by the third season, tension between her and Alyssa Milano was so high that the actresses would only speak to each other to say their lines. There were also rumors that TW King who played her character's love interest was written out after Season 1 because she didn't like him. Conflicting reports say that Shannen was either fired after offering producers an ultimatum or asked to leave. Either way she also denied them the rights to use her image again on the show.
In February 2018, Warner Bros. did not renew their production deal with Jeff Franklin, creator and producer of the sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, following accusations of abusive behavior both on the set as well as in the writer's room.
Artie Lange was fired from the original cast of MADtv after season two due to his cocaine addiction (ironically FOX did allow Artie to do a cameo on a later episode, where they make fun of the reason he was kicked off). After his dismissal, he caught on as a regular on Howard Stern's radio show but lost that job in 2009 because of his continued drug and alcohol problems. Lange was clean for several years following his 2010 suicide attempt, but his bad behavior and poor work ethic have continued; in 2014, he was banned from appearing on ESPN programming after a string of racist, sexual tweets that he made about First Take host Cari Champion. He was arrested for drug possession in 2017, but the incident did not result in him losing his role on the HBO sitcom Crashing.
Gugu Liberato is a famous TV host in Brazil known for his variety show Domingo Legal (Cool Sunday) on SBT in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was the biggest competitor to Fausto Silva and his similar show Domingão do Faustão (Big Fausto's Big Sunday) on Rede Globo, but his career derailed when in 2003, a fake interview with the Brazilian criminal organization PCC was aired. Not only was it completely staged, but the fake criminals also issued threats to Brazilian politicians and celebrities. He faced legal problems, his show was taken off air for some time, and ratings plummeted. He claimed he had nothing to do with it but it didn't work, and years later he was replaced and he left his network to do a similar show on another network; that show also failed.
Chicago sportswriter Jay Mariotti, a regular panelist on the ESPN show Around the Horn, was fired from the show in 2010 after he was arrested for domestic assault. He would return to ESPN in a reduced capacity in 2013, one that didn't include his return to Around the Horn.
After Mitchell Musso's DUI bust, his character on Pair of Kings moved to Chicago and was replaced by a Suspiciously Similar Substitute, as Disney has a rather hardline stance toward reckless behavior (see the Adrienne Bailon example above). His hidden camera show PrankStars was similarly killed four episodes into its run, with the remainder of the episodes that had not aired burned off in the United Kingdom solely to get copyright protection. On a side note, he did not lose his other Disney job, voicing Jeremy on Phineas and Ferb; it helped his case that it's one of their most popular shows and, unlike PoK, would be extremely noticeable and difficult if they recast or got rid of the character, and also that the creators spoke on his behalf to let him stay.
Brett Ratner resigned from producing the 2012 Oscars under public pressure after he made a gay slur and bragged about his alleged sexual encounters with Olivia Munn and Lindsay Lohan. This led to the scheduled host, Eddie Murphy, resigning as well because he didn't want to perform without Ratner. Billy Crystal replaced Murphy.
Writer Gareth Roberts was fired from Doctor Who due to numerous social media posts in which he was openly transphobic. The last straw came when he was assigned to a book anthology of Who stories, and several of the other writers involved said they wanted nothing to do with him and would quit unless he was removed. Gareth's attempts to critique this, making a post in which he denied transgender people existed, was regarded as Digging Yourself Deeper.
Rip Torn's character on 30 Rock, Don Geiss, died of a heart attack between seasons after Torn's increasingly bizarre behavior culminated in him breaking into a bank in 2010. His character in the Men in Black franchise was similarly McLeaned in Men in Black III for the same reasons.
Kathy Griffin lost a large amount of her support and show appearances in 2017 after the election of Donald Trump due to posting a picture of her holding a pineapple dressed to look like the head of Donald Trump, complete with a knife and fake blood. Being outspoken about her dislike of Trump, it was clear Kathy was making a "shocking" image, but this backfired as many people called her out on what came across as a call to violence against the President, or in general seeing it as too extreme of a joke. She was dropped by her marketing team, followed by CNN, several of her comedy shows were outright cancelled, and several state senators cancelled their support or events with her in response. By the end of it all, she was also put on the No Fly List and investigated by the Department of Justice for two months. She has attempted to continue her comedy career in spite of this, but has experienced difficulties doing so, resulting in her career somewhat stagnating since this event.
Jessica Biel did a racy photo shoot specifically to get out of wholesome family drama 7th Heaven because she felt her squeaky-clean image was making her miss out on serious dramatic roles. It didn't quite get her fired, but it did drastically reduce her screen time.
In The Adventures of Superboy, Superboy's first actor John Haymes Newton was fired and replaced by Gerard Christopher after a DUI arrest and because Newton demanded a 20% pay raise.
Actor Jim Fitzpatrick, who played Pierce Riley on the U.S. soap opera All My Children was fired abruptly in early 1996 after an incident in a New York City bar which involved him assaulting a woman—groping her and trying to drag her off into an empty hallway where he would no doubt have likely raped her had other bar patrons not intervened. Similarly, actor Michael Nader was fired from his role as Dimitri Marick in early 2001 after a second arrest for drug use. Producers had bought his excuses for a previous arrest for drunk driving and had attempted to make allowances for him to attend rehab, but his second arrest was the last straw for them.
After boosting viewer figures for Ally McBeal, Robert Downey Jr. was fired from the show (and his character Larry Paul written out) after being arrested for violating his parole. It soon became apparent that this was actually worse than just a Role Ending Misdemeanor as ratings went back down again and the show was cancelled at the end of the fifth season, making the parole violation a Show Ending Misdemeanor in the process.
When racy (though not nude) pictures of Frenchie Davis emerged, she was dismissed from the show.
Both Corey Clark and Jermaine Jones were also removed for having criminal records that they lied about.
Andi Mack: Stoney Westmoreland was fired from his role as Ham Mack late in the production of season 3 after being arrested for attempting to solicit a minor for sex over the Internet.
Glenn Quinn was removed from Angel earlier than intended because of fears that his drug habit would rub off on David Boreanaz. He died from a heroin overdose three years afterward. They really had bad luck, since the character was originally meant to be Whistler from Buffy, but that actor also had drug problems. Word of God is that they had planned to bring Quinn back in Season 3 but he had already passed away.
After the Two and a Half Men fiasco went down, Charlie Sheen went on to star in FX's Anger Management. While he's pulled some prima donna behavior there as well, he was able to get Selma Blair fired for complaining about it, so he seems to be invulnerable for now. Although...
Bob Todd was fired from The Benny Hill Show by Hill himself after Todd failed to show up for a concert at the London Palladium due to a "drinking episode" so bad that Todd woke up in a Dublin hospital a few days later with no memory of how he had gotten there. The producer of the show persuaded Hill to rehire Todd, in part because of Todd's importance to the show and because his drunkenness rarely affected his work.
Duane "Dog" Chapman's 1976 murder conviction (which was basically for being in the wrong place at the wrong time) scuttled his plans to appear on Celebrity Big Brother. The UK routinely denies travel visas to those with a murder conviction on their record, and did so in Chapman's case, making it impossible for him to take part.
Kevin Lloyd played the very popular Tosh Lines in The Bill from 1988 to 1998. He was known as a drinker, but sadly, throughout this period, his drinking gave way to full-blown alcoholism. It affected his professionalism, and the series dropped him after it caused him to arrive late for work one time too many. If the decision to fire him was intended to help him, it backfired tragically: Kevin Lloyd's drinking problem cost him his life a mere week after he was sacked.
In 1998, Richard Bacon became the first host of Blue Peter to be fired from the show after he confessed to taking cocaine. He had been on for only 18 months and had to give his Blue Peter badge in. Luckily, he would prove himself to be no Pete Best as he would clean up and has since been a successful presenter for other grown-up based shows.
After a participant on Buckwild died during production of season 2, MTV executed the show by canceling it and clamping down hard on the rights, to the point that they outright refused to allow its producers to shop the series elsewhere.
Julie Benz was removed early on from the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer in part due to tensions on set during Season 1. Alyson Hannigan has hinted in interviews that Benz was very mean towards her in particular. The incident prompted Benz to clean up her act, and she reappeared on the spinoff Angel and was brought back for a few more Buffy episodes. Years later, she was regarded by the cast and crew of Dexter as one of the nicest and most agreeable cast members.
Jay Thomas was fired from Cheers after someone called him on his radio show asking what it was like working there and he replied "Ugh, it's horrible. For one thing, I have to kiss Rhea Perlman." While Perlman happened to be listening, no less.
Coronation Street: Two key characters were in limbo after being caught up in the fall-out from the Jimmy Savile business. Actors Michael LeVell (Kevin Webster) and Bill Roache (Ken Barlow) were temporarily written out of the show pending resolution of alleged under-age sex offences. Michael LeVell's character came back, after spending a very long time visiting family. William Roache's character is now back as well. Les Battersby was also Put on a Bus after his actor was overheard drunkenly complaining about the show in a pub.
Cosby himself would suffer this fate decades later; in 2014, he'd planned to return to NBC with a new sitcom. But once the project seemed to be heading to the greenlight stage, over a dozen women accused Cosby of having raped them years ago, and later a deposition from 2005 was unearthed where Cosby admitted under oath to procuring drugs so he could have sex with women who had taken them. The number of women who came forward kept going up, with about 60 cases documented in the media. To say the entire fiasco destroyed Cosby's career would be an understatement: NBC, overwhelmed by public pressure, canceled his sitcom project before it could even reach the development stage; local stations and TV Land began pulling reruns of The Cosby Show from the airwaves in response to the allegations, with the latter going as far as removing any mention of the show from their website, and Cosby was stripped of many of his honors, including his AMPAS membership, his Kennedy Center Honor, and his Mark Twain Prize for Humor. Nearly every college that gave him an honorary degree — at one point, he was the most popular commencement speaker in the US — took those away from him too, and a Netflix comedy special was shelved despite it already being filmed. The fall from grace concluded on April 26, 2018, when the man once fondly known as "America's Dad" was finally convicted of his crimes; he was sentenced to prison in September of that year and declared a sexually violent predator.
Thomas Gibson (Agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner) saw his contract terminated in Criminal Minds after allegedly attacking a writer over creative differences in an episode he was directing.
Gary Dourdan, who had been hinting that he might leave the series, was finally written out of the show due to his personal problems; rumors that his drug charges were a direct cause are untrue.
Another time, Jorja Fox was fired for skipping an episode due to a pay dispute. This proved unfortunate for George Eads who overslept that day and was also fired because they thought he was doing the same thing. Fox was later rehired when she worked out her dispute with the production company as was Eads when they realized it was a misunderstanding.
Rebecca Gayheart's involvement in a 2001 vehicular manslaughter may have contributed to her departure from Dead Like Me after 5 episodes. In that series, she played the role of a "Grim Reaper", helping the dead pass on to the afterlife. According to this, Gayheart's character Betty was written out by the fifth episode intentionally, though the series creator, Bryan Fuller, had to fight with studio execs to prevent Gayheart from being replaced by another actress. If Fuller hadn't left the series early in the first season, Betty would have returned by the beginning of the second season, which is what he had intended. Once he left, the studio execs changed the plotline for the second season so that Betty would never return.
Melissa Suffield (Lucy Beale) got sacked after being caught going into London nightclubs while underage and getting unruly drunk. Her rather colorful social network sites might also have had something to do with it. The character was eventually reinstated with a new actress.
Rob Kazinsky (Sean Slater) got a temporary ban from EE for sending photos of his nude self around.
Leslie Grantham ("Dirty" Den Watts) narrowly evaded this at the start when it was revealed that the actor had served a "life" sentence (paroled after ten years) for murder. The BBC stood by him, arguing that he'd learnt his lesson and every former criminal deserves rehabilitation, and he lasted several years on the show before leaving of his own volition. (The fact that he was playing a villainous, semi-criminal character rather than any kind of role model also may have helped.) It is popularly claimed that his second stint as a regular character on the show ended when he was forced to quit after Internet footage was released of him performing indecent acts in front of a webcam for what he thought was a single-person audience, but this is a myth; it was the intention from the beginning that his return would only be for 18 months.
Zigzagged by Danniella Westbrook (Sam Mitchell). In 1996 her character was axed from the show due to the controversy surrounding Westbrook's cocaine addiction. However, she returned to the role in 1999... only to be axed again the following year after a photo of her at a party showed that her continued addiction completely erodedher nasal septum. Sam was brought back again in 2002, with Kim Medcalf in the role, then written out in 2005. When the character returned briefly in 2009 and 2010, Westbrook, who had by now cleaned up her act and had reconstructive surgery on her nose, was handed the role back.
Jussie Smollett was suspended from his role on Empire after allegations came out that he faked a hate crime against himself in February 2019 due to apparently being unhappy with his salary. The controversy hit the show badly enough that his character wound up being Put on a Bus and he was later reported to be fired from his role in a Broadway musical. As of June 4, Smollett was officially fired from the series and is facing serious legal ramifications for his fake report, including a fine and being sued by the city itself.
Before production began on the seventh and final season of Fantasy Island, co-star Hervé Villechaize was involved in a salary dispute. One big reason for this was that Villechaize not only felt under-appreciated by his co-stars, but his wife Camille Hagen had divorced him; he, therefore, requested a salary on par with lead Ricardo Montalban. Unfortunately for Villechaize, he was dropped from the series, which permanently stunted his career; offers besides Fantasy Island dried up for him. This, combined with the chronic pain and health problems stemming from his congenital dwarfism, led him to commit suicide in 1993. Twenty-five years later, the last few days of Villechaize's life would be turned into the film My Dinner with Hervé, starring Peter Dinklage.
In the French sitcom Les Filles d'à côté, the role-ending misdemeanor for one actress wasn't asking for more money or being excessively difficult to work with on set (opinions vary). Cécile Auclert (Fanny) was exhausted by the workload, and after pleading for a let-up in the insane production schedule, she was straight-up dropped from the show. She was followed very quickly by Hélène le Moignic (Magalie) who had simply enough and walked out. While the door was held open for Auclert to return - she did so, briefly, before the end of the show's run - le Moignic was never offered the chance to return; her account is that the show completely severed its association with her after the last paycheck and even those of her former co-stars who were sympathetic to her were ordered not to make contact. note Later in the series, Thierry Redler (Marc) dropped out of the show. Like Auclert, the option was kept open for him to return, which he did in the successor show.
Twins David and Jason Benham were set to host Flip It Forward on HGTV in 2014, but during production, their virulently anti-gay beliefs were uncovered and reported. HGTV pulled the series shortly thereafter.
One of Maine's Fox affiliates used to have a pair of spokespeople for their kids' lineup: a human and a guy in a fox costume. (Any similarities to Furry Fandom stereotypes are purely coincidental.) The first human was fired on charges of pedophilia... then, eventually, so was his replacement.
The Frugal Gourmet's slot on PBS's Saturday afternoon schedulenote 1:00 PM was given to other shows (most recently, reruns of This Old House) after the former's host, Jeff Smith, got caught up in sexual abuse allegations; though he was able to settle out of court, the damage had been done, and his television career was in ruins.
Actor Jean-François Harrisson was fired from the French-Canadian sitcom Une grenade avec ça?, his character hastily written out and all episodes featuring him taken out of circulation following his arrest on child pornography ownership charges in 2011.
Both Julie McCullough and Matthew Perry were fired from the show due to Kirk Cameron's conversion to born-again Christianity and the influence he had on the show. McCullough was sacked for posing in a Playboy shoot, while Perry was sacked as Kirk felt he was an "agent of Satan".
Kirk Cameron's input after his evangelical conversion might as well have been a Show-Ending Misdemeanor; his objections to the least bit of suggestive humour and themes that went against his evangelist views made him near-impossible to work with, turning the show into a Troubled Production. The final straw was when Kirk called ABC Entertainment president Bob Iger (who would eventually become the CEO of ABC's owner, Disney, in 2005) to chew out the show's then-executive producers Dan Guntzelman, Steve Marshall and Michael Sullivan as "pornographers" for simply wanting to go against his decisions, which led to them quitting and the show being quietly cancelled a year later. This has also had somewhat of an impact on Cameron's own career, who has mostly been relegated to starring in evangelicalChristian works since then.
Isaiah Washington's contract to the show Grey's Anatomy was not renewed for the show's fourth season as a result of some offensive homophobic remarks he made to T. R. Knight, along with the cast's embarrassment over his remarks, including denying it (while using the exact word, which really didn't help) in a post-awards show press conference. He returned in an episode near the end of the tenth season as part of Sandra Oh's departure from the series.
Devon Anderson, who played the original Sonny Valentine on Hollyoaks, was dismissed for "time-keeping issues". Sonny was hastily written out and not seen again until the character was re-cast seven years later.
Vine star Curtis Lepore was dropped from Rainn Wilson's TV show, Hollywood and Vine after Lepore was accused of raping his girlfriend in early 2014. He remained active on Vine, however.
Allegedly happened twice in Homicide: Life on the Street. First Brody was allegedly written out because Max Perlich had drug and arrest issues. Then, more controversially, it's been rumored that Howard was dropped because of press stories about unpleasant events involving Melissa Leo and her then ex-partner, despite the fact that she was most likely the victimized party in the situation. Notably, Max Perlich played Whistler from the above Buffy example, and was not carried over to Angel because of his issues.
In the Heat of the Night series co-star Howard Rollins was eventually dropped from the show after repeated legal problems, including cocaine possession and a DUI.
Jeremy Kyle's eponymous talk show met the axe midway through May 2019, after a man who'd appeared on the show the week before was found dead in his flat. The initial decision had just been to halt filming, but eventually ITV chose to take all planned episodes off the air, and make sure any footage of the unfortunate guest's episode would never be screened.
Michael Moriarty claims that he was written off of Law & Order because of his open criticism of then-Attorney General Janet Reno, who had cited Law & Order as offensively violent, which Moriarty considered meant that she would attempt to censor the show. Dick Wolf for his part claims that his reaction to Reno was just the latest and most public example of Moriarty's "erratic behavior", which included Moriarty basically bungling a meeting he, Wolf, and other television executives had with Reno to dissuade her from supporting any law that would censor the show when Moriarty overreacted to any effect the law was likely to have on the show, as well as his on-set behavior (which included the filming of an episode during which Moriarty was unable to deliver any of his lines with a straight face). He later fled to Canada and publicly declared himself a "political exile" (over an acting gig?).
In addition, Moriarty wasn't fired from the show; he left on his own terms. NBC asked Moriarty back, but he wouldn't budge unless Wolf was fired. The network decided not to compromise the show's quality over the demands of a pompous actor, so NBC rejected Moriarty's decision. Ultimately, his character was McLeaned offscreen on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2018.
Clayne Crawford, who played Riggs on the Lethal Weapon TV series, was dropped from the show shortly after the second season finale in 2018. FOX and the producers of the show had gotten tired of his bad behavior on set, and incidents involving him led to the rest of the cast threatening to quit if Crawford continued with the show. He was replaced as Riggs by Seann William Scott for the third and final season, with the show being cancelled a year later, the scuttlebug being Crawford's behavior was a decisive factor in FOX's decision to not renew the series for a fourth season (it didn't help the ratings were still good for the third season's final episode).
Julie McCoy was written out of The Love Boat after Lauren Tewes's cocaine addiction made it impossible to perform her job. It didn't help that she started making very bizarre claims to reporters, such as the claim that she could tie knots with her toes.
A series ending one: HBO had agreed to give Luck a second season very early in its run, but then quickly cancelled it after the public relations nightmare of three horses being killed on set. However, all three deaths were purely accidental, and something HBO was trying much harder to prevent than other producers of horse-riding TV shows.
Actor and comedian Fred Willard lost his job as the narrator of PBS show Market Warriors after being arrested for lewd acts in a pornography theatre and his ABC series was also yanked off the air prematurely, resulting in a pair of Missing Episodes.
VH1's short-lived reality show Megan Wants a Millionaire was short-lived for a very grisly reason: one of the contestants, Ryan Jenkins, was wanted for questioningand later charged outrightin the murder of his recent wife, Jasmine Fiore. Only three episodes were aired in August 2009, before VH1 cancelled the show and scrubbed all mention of it from the airwaves and the Internet in light of the events. Jenkins would hang himself three days later.
Jenkins had also been a contestant on another VH1 reality show, I Love Money. The accusations against him and his subsequent suicide led to the show's third season being cancelled the next daywith its fourth and final season only escaping a similar fate due to viewer demand.
CBS was forced to drop the initial 1980s run of ''Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer'' when series star Stacy Keach was arrested in London on charges of cocaine possession; to which Keach eventually decided to plead guilty to and serve a six-month prison sentence.
E4 have tried to deny it, but it's widely believed that Kelly being Put on a Bus between two seasons of Misfits with no proper farewell scene was due to Lauren Socha's conviction for racially aggravated assault on a cab driver in 2012.
An anti-LGBT law in Tennessee granting immunity to counselors who redirect LGBT patients has been pointed to as a contributory factor to ABC's surprise decision to cancel longtime survivor and cult classic Nashvillenote which had up to that point been known for being renewed each season despite constantly wavering ratings, and whose then-showrunner Dee Johnson is, ironically, an out lesbian; Word of Saint Paul even hinted at the possibility of an activism-fueled axing. The series was since picked up by Country Music Television in June 2016, extending its run for a further two years before CMT moved to an all-unscripted format with its series finale airing July 2018.
Diane Neal began appearing on NCIS as CGIS Special Agent Abigail starting in season 7, and rapidly became a very popular character. As such, Neal made once-a-year appearances until Season 12—and those guest stints stopped abruptly after she made allegations on Twitter ranting about how unsafe the working conditions were on the set of its Spin-OffNCIS: New Orleans, where she also made several appearances.
The original announcer of The Newlywed Game was Scott Beach. During commercial breaks, he would entertain the audience by singing war protest songs which supposedly didn't fly with the producers. Beach was fired and replaced by Johnny Jacobs, who would go on to have a lasting career for Chuck Barris.
Alastair Stewart, British newsreader and host of documentary series Police, Camera, Action! had his contract terminated in 2003 for a drink-driving offense (his second one, he'd referred to the first one previously in a November 1994 episode, the show's second episode) and was relegated to intro and outros in the rebooted version of it, which was now presented by Alastair Stewart and Adrian Simpson, as of September 2007. Surprisingly, he was allowed to present the special edition episode Ultimate Pursuits in September 2007.
Before he began hosting Real Time on HBO, Bill Maher had Politically Incorrect, a politically centered late-night talk show exploring controversial topics and subject that were unusual for a typical talk show. It was so successful on Comedy Central that after five years at that network it moved to ABC, where it gained even higher ratings. However, it all came to an end in an episode airing just six days after 9/11, in which Maher agreed with conservative activist Dinesh D'Souza over disputing then-U.S. President George W. Bush's claim that the 9/11 hijackers were "cowards", stating that "We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away." The massive public outcry resulted by the offending comments led to the show bleeding sponsors and viewers, enough that ABC canceled the series in July of the following year due to continued loss of advertiser supportnote Which countered popular belief that the comments were a direct cause for the cancellation. However, HBO, who co-produced and co-owned Politically Incorrect, stood by Maher's side and offered him another go on their own channel with Real Time, a similar talk show that years later would prove to be more successful than Politically Incorrect ever was.
Rich Fields, The Announcer on The Price Is Right between 2004-2010, left the show in September 2010 for reasons that were never made truly clear. The producers claimed that they wanted to find an announcer with skill in improv comedy to play off Drew Carey (who took over hosting from Bob Barker in 2007), and got such an announcer in George Gray a few months later. Other sources claim that Rich had personal problems, including identity theft, that made him unable to continue the job (although he followed Drew over to Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza a year later, and filled in for a short time on Wheel of Fortune following the death of that show's longtime announcer Charlie O'Donnell). Around the same time, the show lost many of its behind-the-scenes staff, including a producer and director, under equally mysterious circumstances.
Despite being a main character in That's So Raven, Eddie isn't given even a passing mention in the sequel Spin-Offspring show Raven's Home. The characters just ignore him and instead focus on Chelsea and Raven as Childhood Friends. This is because of his actor, Orlando Brown. When the show started, his behavior was erratic and he had been arrested several times.
Roseanne Barr, already infamous for her behavior on Twitter, single-handedly torpedoed the 2018 revival of her eponymous sitcom after she made a racist tweet towards a former presidential aide to Barack Obama. Although Barr apologized* Sort of... when she apologized, she blamed medication that she was on... but then doubled-down and essentially reneged on her apology after her show was cancelled, it was the final straw for ABC, who canceled the show just a few hours later despite it being initially renewed for an 11th season. It only took a few more hours for the three networks airing reruns of the original series (including CMT, who'd earlier saved the above-mentioned Nashville) to drop them, plus Hulu eliminating the show from its library, despite that show still being extremely popular. Barr even made matters worse for herself by going on anotherTwitter tirade against members of the show's cast and crew, and continuing to tweet out conspiracy theories about other entertainers, which led to many believing that Barr isn't truly sorry about her racist comment (Barr's ex-husband Tom Arnold even suggested she wanted the series to get cancelled), and evaporated any chance of ABC reconsidering their decision. In the end, on June 21, 2018, ABC ultimately announced The Conners, a continuation of the series starring the rest of the Conner family without Roseanne; John Goodman later confirmed that Roseanne would be McLeaneda fate Barr later spoiled further by saying opioids had done the job.
Comedy writer Katie Rich was fired from Saturday Night Live after Tweeting a joke that President Donald Trump's son Barron would become "the world's first homeschool shooter." Rich later deleted the tweet and apologized, but the backlash from Trump's supporters forced NBC to fire her. Fortunately for her, Dan Harmon swooped in and hired her as a writer on Rick and Morty, all the while arguing the irony that the same people that voted for Trump to rally against "political correctness" also wanted her fired and that they considered Rich's comments to be worse than Trump's even though Trump has made countless controversial remarks compared to just that one for Rich, and the office of President was held to a much higher standard than that of a comedy TV writer.
On Scandal, Columbus Short's Harrison Wright ended up Killed Off for Real after his last appearance in the third season finale after continual domestic violence allegations made it untenable for Shonda Rhimes to keep him on the series further.
Rumor has it that Orlando Jones' character on Sleepy Hollow was written out in season 2 because the actor openly criticized the new showrunners.
Yeoman Rand from Star Trek: The Original Series, if William Shatner is to be believed. While Grace Lee Whitney did have alcohol/drug issues, others say Rand was transferred to another starship due to the writers not wanting a love interest for Kirk on the ship, while others claim that she was fired after threatening to expose her sexual assault by a studio executive. However, Grace Lee Whitney did get to reprise her role as Rand in two of the Star Trek movies (Star Trek: The Motion Picture as the transporter operator and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as a member of the Excelsior's crew) and returned for the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback", taking place during VI.
Chris Langham was written out of The Thick of It, despite playing the main character. Being arrested for downloading child pornography will do that to you. Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) became the de facto main character from the 2007 specials onward.
Bob Vila, the host of the PBS series This Old House, was a real pain in the neck for the show's construction crew to deal with. Among other things, he ended up hogging the spotlight. However, the last straw was when, before the 1989 season, he appeared in ads for Rickel Home Centers, a competitor to Home Depot, a local sponsor for the series on numerous stations. He was shortly fired for endangering the series, as Home Depot and national sponsor Weyerhauser had dropped their sponsorships as a direct result of the ads.
In what ended up as a show-ending event, Christopher Titus admitted that he was the one responsible for Titus getting canceled, outlined in one of his comedy specials. He had spent three seasons fighting the Executive Meddling at every turn, not helped that the FOX network had a short turnover for its president during this period. In a meeting for season three, the new network president offered a direction the show could go, which he opposed on a fundamental level. But instead of playing nice, he tried calling out her out for the stupid suggestion and he expected Braveheart-esque support behind him. Instead, the season contract finished out, and he was told at the last possible legal moment that they were not renewed. He admits now that if you call your boss an idiot enough times, they will fire you.
The BBC did not renew Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's contract after he got into an offstage argument over catering arrangements with an assistant producer that eventually resulted in Clarkson punching said producer in the face. He was initially suspended after the highly-publicized incident, but when a BBC investigation concluded that he indeed did punch the producernote Physical violence between employees is an unendurable breach of rules in the BBC's employee ethics code, the hammer was ultimately dropped; his contract, which was up for renewal, would not be picked up.note Notably, he was not banned from the BBC, going on to appear on Have I Got News for You and QI a few months afterward. Co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond, also looking at contract renewals, decided not to go on without Clarkson and left the series as well, although they have continued to present BBC programmes here and there. The BBC decided to continue Top Gear without them, hiring several new presenters to replace them. Meanwhile, Clarkson, Hammond, and May (along with long-time friend and producer Andy Wilman), negotiated with Amazon to create The Grand Tour, a Spiritual Successor to their version of Top Gear.
The Tribe: The teenage actors playing Ved and Chloe in season 4 reportedly held up production by going AWOL for a whole day during scheduled filming hours. This annoyed the producers enough that both characters ended up getting McLeaned.
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, where do we begin with Charlie Sheen? Allegations of domestic abuse didn't cut it. An arrest and jail time in Aspen for violating a restraining order didn't cut it. No, this is what it took for Sheen to get kicked off Two and a Half Men: first, he got sent to the hospital for a hernia suffered in the middle of what was, by all accounts, a cocaine-fueled orgy; then he took a leave of absence to go into rehab, putting the show on hiatus in the process; then he called up Alex Jones and complained about everyone from the show's co-creator and executive producer, Chuck Lorre, to his co-stars and the higher-ups at CBS; and finally promptly demanding $3 million per episodenote compared to his previous salary of $1.8 million per episode, already a rather staggering amount upon his return, at which point the show dropped him, killing his character (and making sure Sheen himself could never,evercome back to the show), and replaced him with Ashton Kutcher. It should be noted that Lorre had repeatedly tried to fire Sheen long before the grand event happened, and only didn't succeed because CBS always thwarted his attempts out of fear that his absence would severely damage the show's ratings base. Sheen was eventually invited back for the Grand Finale, but he instead insisted on a hook for a Sequel Series, which was rejected.
In a sort of amusing irony, Watchdog and Rogue Traders co-host Dan Penteado was apparently fired after being arrested for benefit fraud and jailed. Considering the shows are meant to be about rip-offs and con artists, this ended up being mentioned by one of the rogues confronted on the show afterwards.
After four great seasons writing and producing The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin was asked to leave his position as Executive Producer after his drug scandal leaked out.
A case of one person's role costing another person their job occurred early in June 2019 with Netflix's miniseries When They See Us. Actress Felicity Huffman's portrayal of controversial Central Park Fivenote a group of boys who were wrongfully arrested, tried, and convicted for raping a jogger in 1989, and whose convictions were not vacated until 2002 prosecutor, Linda Fairstein, proved a headache for the real Fairstein, who found herself facing a large enough wave of backlash that she resigned her membership in a number of organizations she was involved with, including her position on Vassar College's board of trusteeswhile a second prosecutor, Elizabeth Lederer, portrayed by Vera Farmiga, left her teaching post at Columbia Law School later that month for much the same reasons.
Yancy Butler had to leave Witchblade because of her alcoholism. Since she played title character Det. Sara Pezzini, the show left with her.
The X Factor has had numerous controversies which have led to contestants being forced to withdraw from the competition, leaving the show as a result:
During Season 3, Avenue, one of the groups, was booted from the show by their mentor Louie Walsh after it was discovered they were already in a contract with a record label whose boss tried to exploit the show for publicity. Luckily they weren't far enough that another band couldn't be brought in to replace them.
Emily, one of Season 4's contestants, was kicked out on the second episode of the live shows after a video of her Happy Slappingnote Attacking someone else with the intention of catching it on camera a teenage girl was discovered on YouTube.
Frankie Cocozza was booted from the show during Season 8 after boasting about doing cocaine in the house where contestants stayed for the competition.
Brooks Way, a group participating in Season 13, was put on suspension mere hours before the first live show and kicked out before the results shownote The live shows are split in two - the Saturday Singing where everyone presents their acts, and Sunday Results where the votes from the fans are counted and a contestant is eliminated after it emerged that one of them had violently assaulted his ex-girlfriend as well as evidence that he regularly beat up his own brother, the other half of the band.
Not even the judges are safe. Tulisa Contostavlos was removed from the competition after an exposé was published about her dealing cocaine but the legal case against her collapsed after the reporter was caught lying in court.
Asia Argento, one of the many celebrities who outed Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator, was fired from The X Factor Italy after actor Jimmy Bennett accused Argento of sexually assaulting him in 2013 when he was 17.
Alexa Nikolas was removed from Zoey 101 because she didn't get along with Jamie Lynn Spears.
Though contrary to popular belief, this is not what happened to the show itself. Filming of the last season was completed by the time Jamie Lynn announced her pregnancy. Nickelodeon decided to show support and air the show despite complaints.
There are a couple conflicting accounts explaining why Steve Whitmire, the successor to the late Jim Henson as the performer of Kermit the Frog, was fired from The Muppets after nearly 40 years with the troupe. In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitmire claimed he was terminated over Creative Differences: Disney (the current owner of The Muppets) wanted to radically alter the behavior of Kermit for the short-lived ABC series, but Whitmire felt the changes were short-sighted and an insult to Henson's legacynote In the statement, he cited a specific scene from the ABC series in which Kermit lies to Robin about breaking up with Miss Piggy, which Whitmire tried unsuccessfully to convince the creative team to change. However, in their own statement for the Reporter, Disney claimed that Whitmire was fired over years of backstage egotism, claiming that his behavior on-set caused production delays and was becoming difficult to work with. Brian Henson, Jim's son, supports this theory, adding that Whitmire was making "outrageous demands" while also admitting that creative differences did play some role.note Basically, Whitmire's performance was becoming increasingly stale through Flanderization to one specific type; whereas Jim Henson had portrayed him more like a rascal with a heart of gold, Whitmire had molded him into a more wholesome character with hardly any of the prankster qualities, if at all, that he had displayed on The Muppet Show. Regardless, this applies to both scenarios since the termination wasn't voluntary.
Kevin Clash, the puppeteer for Elmo, went on a leave of absence after allegations arose that he had sex with a 16-year-old. The allegations were soon disproven, though just as it looked like he'd recover from that incident a new allegation of the same kind from another party led him to quit the series. Clash would eventually be cleared of all sex abuse charges in 2014 and still has a steady puppeteering career at the Jim Henson Company to this day.
Actor Northern Calloway, who played David, began to have a decline not only in physical health, but mental health in the 1980's. He had a nervous breakdown leading to him getting jailed for a rampage in Nashville in 1980. However, he still returned to playing David and promised to take his prescribed lithium. However, the producers were skeptical of how long he would last and gradually ended David's relationship with Maria (Sonia Manzano) and eventually had him take over Mr. Hooper's store when Mr. Hooper died. His behavior would remain erratic, and after biting music coordinator Danny Epstein in a scuffle and intruding to the high school of Allison Bartlett, who plays Gina, and proposing to her, Calloway was fired/forced to resign and hospitalized and David was written out. Calloway died in a facility in Ossining in 1990 of a heart attack caused by exhaustive psychosis/excited delirium syndrome, literally a fatal nervous breakdown. Unlike Mr. Hooper, they did not make David die offscreen or pay tribute to Calloway in any way (though it is briefly mentioned that David went to live with his grandmother on her farm).
The Christian Television Network pulled their 1990's series "Joy Junction" from re-runs on their channel in 2013 after series puppeteer and cast member, Ronald William Brown, was given a 20 year prison sentence for possessing child pornography along with plotting to murder and eat a child he knew from his local church.
Romeo and Juliet: The first episode of The Shakespeare Plays garnered some controversy when Rebecca Saire, who played Juliet in this production, criticized director Alvin Rakoff for the way he made her portray the character onscreen, resulting in Cedric Messina and the BBC cancelling several interviews she was scheduled for.