Ann Curry and 18 Other Famous TV Exits

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Ann Curry, 'Today' on NBC
Ann Curry, 'Today' on NBC
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It was with tears and only a slightly awkward explanation of her sudden removal from 'Today' that longtime anchor Ann Curry left her post before she could "carry the ball over the finish line." Curry's dismissal from Today and placement at NBC News has been compared to NBC's offer to push Conan O'Brien's late night show back to 12:30 PM after suddenly reinstating the retired Jay Leno in his place. 
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Conan O'Brien, NBC's 'The Tonight Show'
Conan O'Brien, NBC's 'The Tonight Show'
NBC
Somehow, the man who inspired a nation to join the suprisingly powerful Team Coco, couldn’t inspire NBC to give him his just desserts. After being handed 'The Tonight Show' as Jay Leno’s successor, Conan promptly achieved his dream and just as quickly had it ripped from his abnormally long fingers. Luckily for fans of fun, Conan took his string dance right over to TBS.
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Isaiah Washington, 'Grey's Anatomy'
Isaiah Washington, 'Grey's Anatomy'
ABC Television Network
Rule one of playing the hard-ass on a beloved (and completely obsessed-over) drama: Do not, under any circumstances, hurt or blaspheme the cutest, cuddliest character or the actor who portrays him. Washington famously used a gay slur to describe then closeted actor T.R. Knight (George), but when it was revealed, his fate turned bleak. Knight was inspired to come out and did so to great applause while Washington was left with nothing but a swift kick in the rear.
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"First Becky," 'Roseanne'
"First Becky," 'Roseanne'
ABC Television Network
Ah, the classic leave-your-TV-show-to-go-to-college-but-come-back-here-and-there-just-to-confuse-everyone ploy. Lecy Goranson, you got us. Goranson played Becky, Rosanne’s daughter during the first five seasons, until she was accepted to Vassar College. Lacking the time to play Becky, she was replaced by Sarah Chalke (‘Scrubs’) only to come back a few seasons later to resume the role… and when she left AGAIN, Chalke resumed the role… again. No wonder some of us just called Becky “the blonde one.”
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Keith Olbermann, MSNBC and Current TV
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC and Current TV
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This longtime newsman just might be the most. Difficult. Person to work with. IN THE WORLD. Olbermann was first reprimanded at MSNBC when he made political contributions without first consulting his bosses – a major faux pas for a newsman. Fans wanted him back, but the network soon gave him the boot. And he was removed from the TV waves once again when his new home, Current TV, abruptly dropped the famously outspoken anchor. At least Aaron Sorkin is writing an HBO show that’s (not officially) based on him.
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Charlie Sheen, 'Two and a Half Men'
Charlie Sheen, 'Two and a Half Men'
CBS Broadcasting Inc.
We had hoped that after delaying 'Two and a Half Men' for a stint in rehab, then getting the second half of the season cancelled thanks to what we’ll call an “attitude issue,” then demanding a 50 percent raise that ultimately got him canned, Charlie Sheen would put a sock in it for a while. Unfortunately, this TV exit just opened the Tiger Blood floodgates. Luckily, 'Men' got its revenge by giving us an entire summer to wonder just how they would kill off his polarizing character.
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Shannen Doherty, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Charmed'
Shannen Doherty, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Charmed'
FOX
Some people just aren’t meant to stay on series in which they play one of the main characters. Wait what? That only happens to Charlie Sheen… oh yeah, and Shannen Doherty. This notorious on-set bad girl couldn’t keep her grasp as Brenda on 'Beverly Hills, 90210' or as one of the three original sisters on her “mature” series, Charmed. (Rose McGowan says, “Thanks” by the way.) Apparently, Shannen just can’t play well with others.
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David Caruso, 'NYPD Blue'
David Caruso, 'NYPD Blue'
ABC Television Network
It’s the career move David Caruso will never live down. He jumped from the perfectly safe confines of the highly rated 'NYPD Blue' at the height of its popularity, all because they wouldn’t bow to his request for more cash. It’s a move so infamous, it even earned its own 'South Park' parody (Kyle tells Ike to “do your impersonation of David Caruso’s career” so he’ll jump out of a spaceship). And now, he’s famous for removing his sunglasses dramatically.
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Ali Fedotowsky, 'The Bachelor'
Ali Fedotowsky, 'The Bachelor'
ABC Television Network
It was the ultimate display of girl power, but it still hurt like so many thorns on a pretty rose. Ali was given an ultimatum from her employer, Facebook: If she remained in the competition for Bachelor Jake Pevelka’s heart, she’d lose her job. And being the strong career gal she is, she chose her career. While career gals everywhere joined in mini-fist-pumps, it was heartbreaking to watch the sweet San Franciscan choose her fate.
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Michael J. Fox, 'Spin City'
Michael J. Fox, 'Spin City'
ABC Television Network
Fox was forced to take his leave from the sitcom when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease while his character was sent away after taking the fall in a mafia scandal, only to take a position in Washington, D.C. working alongside “Senator Alex P. Keaton” (which is the name of his famous ‘Family Ties’ character). And he was replaced by Charlie Sheen, of all people. Sheen took over and the series took a dive, he later became a hawaiian shirt-wearing weirdo on CBS, and Fox went on to play more interesting roles on series like ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘The Good Wife.’
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Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia) and Cynthia Watros (Libby), 'Lost'
Michelle Rodriguez (Ana Lucia) and Cynthia Watros (Libby), 'Lost'
ABC Television Network
What a bittersweet farewell. And by that we mean, losing Libby was bitter and losing Ana Lucia was sweet when both characters were shot in cold blood by a delusional Michael. Ana’s portrayer Michelle Rodriguez and Libby's Cynthia Watros were both famously arrested for DUIs in Hawaii, and while they insisted the plot-twist had nothing to do with extracurricular activities, the thorn in many a 'Lost' fan’s side had a very curiously timed and grisly exit. You do the math.
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Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv), 'Fresh Prince'
Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv), 'Fresh Prince'
NBC
Sure, ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air.’ Go ahead and replace Aunt Viv with a completely different, not even slightly similar actress in 1993, after Janet Hubert violated her contract by becoming pregnant. And yeah, it’s okay if her character goes from a no-nonsense career woman to a mushy mama bear. Sure. That’s fine. Is Jazzy Jeff still hanging around? Does Carlton still do that Tom Jones dance? Fine. You’re lucky you’re still hilarious. We won't even bring up that it hurts us that Hubert and Will Smith still don't get along. 
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Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, and Steve Jones, 'The X Factor'
Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, and Steve Jones, 'The X Factor'
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It was the non-vote heard round the world, and it took a few survivors with it. There’s no exact reason pointing to Paula Abdul's and Steve Jones’ exile from Simon Cowell’s singing show, and Cheryl Cole’s sudden exit in favor of Nicole Scherzinger was merely coupled with whispers of her “heavy accent,” but Nicole’s dismissal boils down to one pint-sized mistake: When she decided not cast her vote on the show, she left 13-year-old Rachel Crow the wolves and the wolves sent the tween home in tears. There’s no coming back from that one, Nicole.
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Paula Abdul and Ellen DeGeneres, 'American Idol'
Paula Abdul and Ellen DeGeneres, 'American Idol'
FOX
Paula Abdul left her hallowed post at the Fox reality competition because she straight up wanted more money. Luckily, her loopy reputation added a silver lining to her departure, as did her return during the Season 9 finale in which she made an off color joke about having Simon’s baby backstage. Yikes. Ellen DeGeneres took Paula’s spot, but after witnessing the worst season in 'Idol' history (my words, not hers) decided the series wasn’t for her and awkwardly danced her bad self over to her afternoon talk show.
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Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, 'The Talk'
Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, 'The Talk'
CBS
CBS’s reincarnation of Lady Chat Stew, a.k.a. 'The View,' suffered early on and it was clear the network needed to make a change, so they slashed and burned, firing both Remini and Peete. Their exits weren’t too awkward until Remini took to Twitter to blame the entire affair on their former co-host Sharon Osbourne, saying she called them “ghetto.” Unfortunately, this back and forth was more interesting than any segment on the CBS mid-morning show.
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Frenchie Davis, 'American Idol'
Frenchie Davis, 'American Idol'
FOX
It’s certainly one thing to have your dream cut short by America’s Southern-skewing, cute-boy-with-a-guitar-loving voting standards, but to be ripped from the 'Idol' stage because of some totally legal, albeit questionable, past experiences like Frenchie’s nude photos is a whole other realm of harsh. Luckily for Frenchie, NBC's 'The Voice' didn't have any objections to her past indiscretions. Take that, Fox!
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Rosie O'Donnell and Star Jones, 'The View'
Rosie O'Donnell and Star Jones, 'The View'
ABC Television Network
Rosie O’Donnell first outed Star Jones for her gastric bypass surgery and extreme weight loss, then nabbed her seat amongst 'The View'’s gaggle of girlies. And while O’Donnell and ABC insist the events were mutually exclusive, TV fans beg to differ. Still, it wasn’t smooth sailing for Rosie. After a year of squabbling with super-conservative commentator Elisabeth Hasselbeck, O’Donnell cut her stay short and let fellow funny lady Whoopie Goldberg take the reins.

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