Juliana Marguiles’s time on the hit hospital-drama series ER was a huge success, making her quite a bit of money at a relatively young age. To everyones suprise, she turned down a $27 million to return for another season. BUT was not because she received a better offer somewhere else, she simply felt that screen acting wasn’t fulfilling to her anymore.
“I’m a smart girl,” Margulies told interviewers. “I had a year’s worth of work waiting and a mortgage completely paid at age 32. I was under no illusion that I was going to be some big movie star. My dad said, ‘If you got hit by a bus tomorrow, were you living your life truthfully, or were you waiting to get rich?'”
Shannen Doherty Twice!
A lot of actors will get written out of their shows at least one time in their career...but not many get written out twice. Shannen Doherty got written out of two extremely popular shows. She was a teen heartthrob on the show Beverly Hills 90210, where she played the role of Brenda. She also portrayed a witch on Charmed.
Her co-stars had said that there was no warning, one day she was just gone. Rumors swirled of Shannen getting into fights on set. On 90210, It was said that she got into a fight with co-star Jennie Garth. On Charmed, it was said that Shannen did not get along with co-star Alyssa Milano.
Will Lee on Sesame Street
One of the most loved characters on the children’s television show, Sesame Street, was that of Mr. Hooper. He was also one of the longest lasting and most well-known characters on the show. Hooper’s Store was a place where every one of Sesame Street would meet. Mr. Hooper was known for his relationship with Big Bird and his grumpy, yet kind demeanor.
In 1982, the actor who played the character died. At this time, Sesame Street had to figure out what they were going to do about this death with respect to the show. They decide to face the issue head-on and bring this sad issue right onto the show. The episode in which they revealed his death was aired in 1983, on Thanksgiving.
Suzanne Somers on Three's Company
In 1977, It seems as though Suzanne Somers, who played Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company became an instant celebrity. Before the beginning of the show's fifth season, Somers requested a pay raise and even a percentage of the show’s profits, but to her surprise, the producers denied her request and reduced her role, and gave her a mere 60 seconds of screen time. Ouch!
Somers eventually quit Three’s Company, this divided the cast and escalated into a very public feud with the show's producers. If that wasn't bad enough, her former co-stars, Ritter and DeWitt felt betrayed when they heard about her outrageous request and completely and didn't speak to her for decades afterward.
Meghan Markle on Suits
If you're a fan of the legal drama, Suites, you remember how Meghan Markle’s character, Rachel Zane, was written off the script by marrying her long-time love on the show, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who was also leaving the show. But why was Markle in such a rush to leave the show? Well, to no one's surprise. It's she could marry her real-life prince, Prince Harry!
After her royal nuptials which took place on May 19 at Windsor Castle in England, she retired from acting altogether to focus on humanitarian work and of course, her new duties as the newest member of the British royal family. Well, the girl sure has her priorities straight.