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It always comes as a surprise when an actor or actress leaves their hit TV show voluntarily. Despite solid ratings and critical acclaim, some stars have left behind a steady job to focus on something else. Of course, whether the show is able to continue on without them is another can of worms!

We’ve decided to take matters into our own hands by looking at performers who left their TV shows way too soon. This list does not include anyone who was fired from their job or written out due to behind-the-scenes drama. Instead, we are solely focusing on major players who made a rather dramatic and unexpected exit due to their own personal choice. Keep reading to find out who’s included on our list of Stars Who Dramatically Left Their Hit TV Shows.