Between Empire, Scandal, and the inevitable Love & Hip-Hop cast off, it’s been a banner year for popular television characters making early exits. Spoilers ahead.

Malik Yoba

photo: 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television screen capture

As any Game Of Thrones fan knows, sometimes it can be for dramatic effect or to keep a storyline moving. But cast/staff beefs are a quick way to make the checks stop. These 14 stars who left TV shows in their prime were getting high ratings and in some cases high dollars, but they still had to go for various reasons.

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