13 TV Shows Ruined by Off-Screen Drama

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Know what sucks more than a TV show being canceled prematurely? 

When off-screen drama rears its ugly head and obliterates the show well before its prime. 

These 13 shows were forever tainted following off-screen developments. 

1. Glee - Fox

Glee - Fox
Naya Rivera was cut from Glee's fifth season finale and never returned as a series regular for the final season. According to reports, she clashed with co-star Lea Michele, and when she complained about her, she was the one cut from the show.

2. Roseanne - ABC

Roseanne - ABC
Roseanne returned to the air as one of the highest-rated shows on all of television, but series star Roseanne Barr went on a tweet-storm and made a racist comment. ABC responded by canceling the series after one season back on the air. Barr's character was later killed off during the series premiere of the spinoff, The Conners.

3. Empire - Fox

Empire - Fox
This Fox drama's future was thrown into jeopardy in 2019 when it emerged that Jussie Smollett falsified a police report that said that he was attacked by two white men. However, it later transpired that the two men who "attacked" him planned the attack alongside him. The scandal had a knock-on effect on Empire which was subsequently renewed for a final season -- despite still being a solid performer for Fox.

4. Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy
Katherine Heigl won an emmy for her work as Izzie in 2007, but the following year, the actress withdrew her name from consideration. The reason?

"I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination…”

Series creator Shonda Rhimes was said to be mad, and Izzie was phased out without so much as a conclusion.

5. Criminal Minds - CBS

Criminal Minds - CBS
Thomas Gibson who played Hotch on the grisly crime drama was dismissed from the series in 2016 after an on-set incident which involved Gibson allegedly kicking a producer. The show was not the same without Hotch!

6. Desperate Housewives - ABC

Desperate Housewives - ABC
Nicollette Sheridan was written out of Desperate Housewives during its fifth season after a very public falling out with series creator, Marc Cherry. Edie's death was handled miserably. A huge character like her deserved a much better conclusion.

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