Here Are 18 TV Shows That Completely Botched An Actor's Departure, And Majorly Disappointed Fans

    "I would have rather they killed him off."

    Sometimes, we have to bid farewell to some of our favourite on-screen characters when an actor decides to pursue another project.

    So, when Reddit user u/origamicyclone asked the people of Ask Reddit "what's the worst way a TV show dealt with an actor leaving?", I had to round up some of my favourite answers...

    1. Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg – The Goldbergs

    2. Willie Garson as Stanford Blatch – And Just Like That...

    3. Jaimee Monae Foxworth as Judy Winslow – Family Matters

    4. Matt McGorry as John Bennett – Orange is the New Black

    5. Justin Chambers as Alex Karev – Greys Anatomy

    6. Thomas Gibson as Hotch – Criminal Minds

    7. Jake T. Austin as Jesus – The Fosters

    8. Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones – And Just Like That...

    9. Ruth Wilson as Allison – The Affair

    10. Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis – Game of Thrones

    11. Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler – Law and Order

    12. Steve Carrell as Michael Scott – The Office

    13. Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes – Weeds

    14. Damon Wayans Jr. as Coach – New Girl

    15. Miguel Herrán as Christian Varela Expósito – Elite

    16. Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert – The Vampire Diaries

    17. Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley – Downton Abbey

    18. Sherry Stringfield as Susan Lewis – ER

    H/T to u/origamicyclone and Ask Reddit for having this discussion!

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.  

    Can you think of any more examples? Let us know in the comments below!