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DANNY MASTERSON, THE RANCH
After four women came forward accusing the actor of sexual assault — and the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney opened investigations into the claims — Netflix announced on Dec. 5 that Masterson will be written off of the third season of his latest series.
The actor has denied the accusations since they first came to light, and in a statement to PEOPLE on Dec. 5, said, “I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all.
"In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons. I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so.”
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MATT LAUER, TODAY
Lauer, who worked on Today for over two decades, was fired in November 2017 after alleged inappropriate sexual behavior throughout 2014, including at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a source told PEOPLE.
"We are heartbroken. I'm heartbroken for Matt – he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved by many, many people here," Lauer's co-anchor Savannah Guthrie said on the morning show, after reading NBC News chairman Andrew Lack's memo to staff announcing Lauer's firing. "And I'm heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell."
Lauer's termination comes after a string of firings of top stars in television news, following the ouster of Fox News' Bill O’Reilly and CBS' Charlie Rose.
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JEFFREY TAMBOR, TRANSPARENT
In November 2017, Tambor announced he would not be returning to Transparent following the sexual harassment allegations made against him by two members — his assistant and actress Trace Lysette — of the Amazon series' team.
"Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," Tambor told Deadline, announcing his departure. "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago."
He added: "I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent."
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BILL O'REILLY, THE O'REILLY FACTOR
After more than 20 years of serving as host of The O'Reilly Factor, the 67-year-old parted ways with Fox News Channel in April 2017 amid multiple sexual harassment claims. "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel," read the 21st Century Fox statement.
O'Reilly issued the following statement to PEOPLE: "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today." He continued: "I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers."
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TAMRON HALL, TODAY
Hall — a longtime co-anchor on Today — made the decision to leave after learning she'd be losing her 9 a.m. time slot to newly hired Fox News star Megyn Kelly. "She wasn't going to settle for sitting on the sidelines," an insider told PEOPLE. A rep for NBC, however, said the network was "disappointed" by her decision.
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BILLY BUSH, TODAY
The newly minted Today show cohost has officially parted ways with the NBC family. The news came in the wake of the Oct. 7 leak of a 2005 tape in which then-Access Hollywood host Bush and Donald Trump were heard making lewd and graphic comments about Nancy O'Dell and Arianne Zucker while filming a segment for the entertainment program. "I am deeply grateful for the conversations I've had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues," read Bush's exit statement. "I look forward to what lies ahead."
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THOMAS GIBSON, CRIMINAL MINDS
In August 2016, the Criminal Minds actor was fired after an alleged physical altercation one of the show's writers. While Gibson is expected to appear in the first few episodes of season 12, his character will be written out of the show — no word as to what creative details will taken. Following the news of Gibson's departure, the actor made a statement to PEOPLE: "I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years. I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won't be possible now. I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have."
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MICHAEL STRAHAN, LIVE! WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL
After announcing he would be leaving Live With Kelly and Michael – after serving as co-host for four years – to join Good Morning America as a full-time anchor, Strahan acknowledged co-host Kelly Ripa's absence one day after breaking the news that reportedly "blindsided" Ripa. "I really want to thank, of course, Kelly Ripa," he said, speaking of his co-host, who according to a source, is "refusing to come back." "Kelly welcomed me here and I've learned so much from her. She's just been an amazing influence on me and this has truly changed my life to be here with her."
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STANA KATIC, CASTLE
In a move that shocked fans – including her castmates – Castle star Stana Katic announced she was leaving the series before the start of the show's ninth season. The actress remained mum on social media, having only tweeted one message to her fans about the news: "Thank you for the support. I love you."
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PATRICK DEMPSEY, GREY'S ANATOMY
Shonda Rhimes is known for surprising her viewers with plenty of plot twists on all of her shows – Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are just a few – but one of the most gut-wrenching episodes of all featured the untimely death of Grey's Anatomy's Derek Shepherd (played by Dempsey.) Fans mourned, but the exit was a long time coming for Dempsey, who had expressed his desire to leave the 11-year series. "I'm very happy to have moved on to a different chapter in my life," he told EW of his departure. "As painful as it was for me as a storyteller, the only way to preserve what felt true to me is that Derek was going to die in order for that love to remain honest," Rhimes previously said of her decision to kill off Dempsey's beloved character.
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ROSIE O'DONNELL, THE VIEW
While The View is notorious for having its fair share of dramatic exits, nothing quite trumps O'Donnell's two departures from the show – once in 2012 after a single season and most recently in 2015 after serving as co-host for six months. "She's focused on her kids now. This is the right thing for her to do," the comedian's rep Cindi Berger told PEOPLE, citing O'Donnell's reason for leaving the show not being the result of backstage drama. "The stress of a daily live talk show is a lot – and the separation is a lot, and you reach a certain point where you have to put health and family first, and she has." The comedian's reasoning was quickly brought into question after several sources noted tension between O'Donnell and The View's moderator, Whoopi Goldberg.
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JOSH CHARLES, THE GOOD WIFE
When his contract was up, The Good Wife actor thought long and hard about returning to the critically-acclaimed show but ultimately decided that leaving would be the best decision for him on a personal level. "Look, it's a very long season doing a network television show, and somewhere in year 4, I kinda felt burnt out," he told moderator Charlie Rose at an episode screening for the show. "[Co-creator Michelle King] and I had a long conversation about it, and I just felt a little fried and that I was ready for something different for me. That's no reflection on how I feel about the show, it's just more about what I want to do in my life."
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ANN CURRY, TODAY
Despite there being rumors that Curry's Today co-host Matt Lauer was to blame for the journalist's abrupt exit in 2012 (she served as co-host for one year), former Today co-host Meredith Vieira explained the truth behind the supposed behind-the-scenes drama in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter."I really felt for Matt a lot. And I felt for Ann, too. It turned so nasty, really nasty … They basically pointed to one person on whom to take out all of their anger. I don't know if I would have survived that," she said in 2014, adding that she didn't think NBC handled the exit well. "I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don't think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with. And then the ending was so mishandled."
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BROOKS FORESTER, THE BACHELORETTE
"I have great connections with Chris and Drew, but my feelings for Brooks are set apart from the other guys. When I'm with Brooks, I do see my future," Desiree Hartsock told cameras of her final three in season 9 of The Bachelorette. Forester, however, was less sure – and he felt increasingly uncomfortable with the notion of proposing to her at the end of the show. After expressing his uncertainties to host Chris Harrison, who told him he needed to "be a man," Brooks confronted Hartsock and said he couldn't go through with it. Des broke down sobbing, saying how in love she was with him, and after the incident, she even considered quitting her own season. "Honestly, for me, it's over," she said. (It wasn't – Des would eventually go on to marry Chris.)
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ANDI DORFMAN, THE BACHELOR
Andi Dorfman famously dumped Bachelor Juan Pablo after spending a night with him in the Fantasy Suite, which she referred to as a "nightmare" on season 18 of The Bachelor. She proceeded to call him out on all his less-than-gentlemanly behavior, like when he told her she only made it to the final three "by default" and when he talked nonstop about fellow contestant Clare while in the Fantasy Suite. Basically, Andi accused him of not knowing her at all. Then, she left. Next stop? Season 10 of The Bachelorette.
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