15 Actors Who Had To Be Replaced Mid-Production: First Episode / Last Episode
Consider this: you're a well-known and productive director about to begin work on your latest box office hit. You're going through your checklist one more time, and...Check the script. Check. A multimillion-dollar budget... check. Check. Humongous team of highly skilled production experts on standby... check. Final casting decision on your protagonist...uh oh…
Janet Hubert's portrayal of Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air seemed to last only half a season. The actress was dismissed within a week of three seasons due to media stories that she was constantly fighting with everyone on set, most noticeably with star Will Smith. Daphne Maxwell Reid portrayed Vivian Banks for the rest of the series.
Cast members who believe that their television programs would be meaningless without them should reconsider. TV talent is constantly replaced, regardless of whether due to accident, behind-the-scenes feuding, or creative differences—and, most often, viewers just hardly notice a difference. Perhaps the starring cast and crew can have their role, and responsibilities recast even though a show is still running. In case you have forgotten their sudden and unexpected departures, we've compiled a list of TV actors who have changed over the years.