Though 2016 has delivered plenty of great movies and TV shows so far, not everybody has experienced a successful year so far. Over the last few months, these stars have all been axed from their respective roles for a variety of reasons, including network changes and personal scandals. Below, check out seven actors who were fired in 2016.
1. Mark Salling
Earlier this year, Mark Salling was cut from the upcoming miniseries Gods and Secrets, after the actor was indicted on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Director Adi Shankar made the announcement on his Facebook page in May, confirming that the project will move forward without the former Glee star. He wrote:
He has been cut from the mini-series, I will personally be paying for the reshoots, and I hope that Mark finds inner peace. Furthermore, a percentage of profits from the project will go to a charity for abused children. The innocence of our planet’s children is something that must be protected at all costs. As entertainers, our role is to be the “conscience of humanity.”
2. Stana Katic
Fans of ABC’s Castle were left shocked in April, when co-lead Stana Katic was seemingly let go from the show, ahead of its planned ninth season. Both the cast and the network were careful not to use the word “fired” at the time, but Deadline reported that the decision for Katic not to return was made by ABC and ABC Studios — not Katic herself.
According to the site, the actress was never even approached to discuss opportunity to re-up her contract on the show. Instead, she, along with fellow longtime cast member Tamala Jones, were simply informed that they wouldn’t be back for Season 9, with the network reportedly citing budget constraints as the reason for dismissal.
In the end, Katic’s forced exit didn’t really matter, as ABC opted not to move forward with another season of the veteran drama and ended up axing it altogether.
3-5. Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Roscoe Orman
In July, it was revealed that long-running Sesame Street cast members Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, and Roscoe Orman had been axed from the favorite kids series. McGrath, a member of the original cast in 1969, played the music teacher Bob. Meanwhile, Delgado has portrayed handyman Luis since 1971 and Orman has played science teacher Gordon starting from 1974. At the time, a rep for the series told the New York Times that the three actors were no longer under contract, but may be brought back for future episodes.
But their firing may not last for long. Audiences revolted after hearing news of their departure, taking to social media to express their love for the cast members and their disdain for HBO’s decision to ax them. The response did not go unnoticed, as Fox News Latino now reports that execs may be rethinking their decision after the backlash. Delgado himself essentially confirmed this, telling the publication:
Due to your overwhelming reaction regarding the status of myself and others on the show, the new producers of Sesame Street have reached out to us with an expressed desire to continue our longstanding relationship, to be initiated with a meeting in September. Hopefully, this will result in the inclusion of veteran cast members in upcoming productions. I look forward to sharing with you at such time, the results of that conversation. Thanks again for your loving support and devotion to Sesame Street and to what it has meant to the children of the world.
6. Jonathan Goldsmith
His real name is Jonathan Goldsmith, but viewers know him as Dos Equis’s Most Interesting Man in the World… or at least they used to. Goldsmith, who has played the character since the campaign launched in 2006, was axed in March, when the Mexican beer brand announced plans to replace him with a new actor.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Dos Equis decided to make the change in order to attract new drinkers. Goldsmith made his final appearance in an ad that showed his character headed for a one-way trip to Mars. As he boards the rocket ship, he delivers his classic line “Stay thirsty, my friends.”
7. Thomas Gibson
It’s an unfortunate way to go out for Gibson, who has been with Criminal Minds, playing Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, since the show’s premiere back in 2005.