The actor who played Erlich Bachman is departing after this current season, HBO announced on Thursday. The news comes just five months after Miller was arrested on suspicion of battery.
“The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5,” the network said in a statement. “In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”
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It’s a significant loss for the show, which was renewed for a fifth season earlier today. Miller became one of the early breakouts on the tech comedy as the buffoonish-yet-articulate Erlich Bachman, an investor in Pied Piper and the owner of the house that incubated the company.
Miller has plenty of other projects in his orbit right now. He currently stars on Comedy Central in The Gorburger Show, voicing an alien puppet and serving as an executive producer, and he’ll star in his first HBO stand-up comedy special next month. In the film world, he recently wrapped filming the thriller Underwater and Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of the novel Ready Player One. He also voices the lead character in The Emoji Movie, which hits theaters this summer, and he’ll be part of the cast of the upcoming Deadpool 2.
Miller will be part of the rest of Silicon Valley‘s current season, which wraps on June 25.