10 Actors Who Were Abruptly Kicked Off Of Their TV Shows

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If you've ever lived through a central cast member being unceremoniously fired from one of your favorite shows, then I feel for you. But not as much as I feel for the actual freshly-unemployed actor. And, while having your show cancelled completely sucks pretty badly, I'm almost positive that being the only one given the boot stings worse. At least, if you all get fired together, you have a group of people to weep with over some wine and pizza. But not when you're shown the door all by your lonesome.

Speaking of actors being shown doors and such, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes wants it to be clear that Columbus Short isn't welcome back to the show as Harrison after he went and got himself arrested. And also, that Harrison is just gone entirely from the show and rumors that the role will be re-cast aren't true.

Yikes, sorry 'bout that, Eric West. I'm sure it's nothing personal. But, in honor of Columbus' firing being officially deemed “for realsies,” why not take a look at the list of actors who have been in his exact same position? For solidarity's sake, or something.

1. Columbus Short

Columbus Short Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique Opening November 7 2013 Smiling

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The Show: Scandal

The Reason: Following his barroom brawl and subsequent arrest, it was announced that Columbus would have to leave the show. Whoops.

2. Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera Glee 100th Episode Celebration March 18 2014 WeHo California

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The Show: Glee

The Reason: Everyone keeps saying that she actually hasn't been fired from the show, but the whispers that she actually was fired due to a feud with Lea Michele are still going strong. So make of this one what you will.

3. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen Premiere of Scary Movie 5  April 11 2013 Smiling

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The Show: Two and a Half Men

The Reason: You might save time naming the reasons that he wasn't fired from this show. Among many reasons was the fact that Charlie was unraveling publicly and was a terror on set. 

4. Isaiah Washington

Isaiah Washington January 16 2014 Los Angeles California

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The Show: Grey's Anatomy

The Reason: Oh, the slur heard 'round the world. Isaiah was canned after being accused of calling his costar, T.R. Knight, a nasty anti-gay slur. But it was apparently not so disgraceful (yes it was) because he's coming back to Grey's really soon, ya'll.

5. Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet Premiere of Divergent March 19 2014 Los Angeles California

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The Show: The Cosby Show

The Reason: For getting pregnant with now-supercool-human, Zoe Kravitz. I dunno, that sounds a little illegal to me. 

6. Shannon Doherty

Shannen Doherty The Art of Elysium Gala January 10 2009 Los Angeles California

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The Shows: Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed

The Reason: Hey now, Shannen got double-fired. The first time was because she and her 90210 castmates couldn't play nicely, and she had posed for Playboy. And the second time because she and the show's producers couldn't play nicely. Goodness.

7. Janet Hubert

Janet Hubert-Whitten East Orange, New Jersey October 24 2009

The Show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Reason: Fresh Prince had the nerve to replace her with a woman who looked nothing like her and just barely comment on it like no one would notice. Why'd she get fired? Apparently, she and Dad of the Year, Will Smithwere sworn mortal enemies, like in a comic book.

8. Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers Palm Springs International Film Festival June 1 2009

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The Show: Three's Company

The Reason: Because silly old Suzanne demanded a pay raise to match what the men in the cast were being paid. How dare she, right?

9. Leah Remini

Leah Remini 2014 UNICEF Ball January 15 2014 Los Angeles California

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The Show: The Talk

The Reason: According to LeahSharon Osbourne got both Leah and Holly Robinson Peete fired because she thought that they were “awkward and ghetto.” Um, oh no.

10. Nicolette Sheridan

Nicolette Sheridan Make Up Artists And Hari Stylists Guild Awards February 15 2014 Los Angeles California

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The Show: Desperate Housewives

The Reason: Because she complained to higher-ups that the series creator, Marc Cherry, physically assaulted her during an argument about a scene. She even sued the network and everything.