20 Actors Who Left Their TV Shows But Returned For the Final Episode

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When someone signs up for a TV show, we as viewers expect them to be there until the end — provided their character isn't killed off or forced to go on a long research trip in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, things don't work out that way with some actors and actresses deciding to leave their television shows or prematurely.

Some stars decide that they need a change while others decide that they want to “pursue new projects” instead of the successful one they're on. In some cases, the characters are randomly recast and the producers try to pretend like it never happened. Other times, the characters aren't recast and the OG actors decide to make a few quick appearances throughout the rest of the show's duration. Or, they give us a really big surprise when they're MIA since they announce their departure, but show up for the finale.