It’s not the easiest thing in the world to get work in Hollywood, and the actors on this list all managed to snag big roles on major shows including Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, Bones, Breaking Bad, and more. But even the biggest stars just want to move on at some point.
Like any work-employer agreement, these actors all signed valuable contracts with networks like Disney and executives to secure their work commitment to their respective show – including how long they’d appear on the series. But in many cases – as you’ll soon see – these actors found creative ways to actually get out of those contracts before they were supposed to.
There are multiple reasons why an actor may want to leave, even if the contract is a lucrative one. From exploring new, exciting projects to rising tensions on set, a signature can be the only thing stopping a star from walking away.