The Most Dramatic TV Exits of All Time

In light of Thomas Gibson's announcement that he's leaving Criminal Minds, we're taking a look at other surprising TV departures


When his contract was up, The Good Wife actor thought long and hard about returning to the critically-acclaimed show but ultimately decided that leaving would be the best decision for him on a personal level. "Look, it's a very long season doing a network television show, and somewhere in year 4, I kinda felt burnt out," he told moderator Charlie Rose at an episode screening for the show. "[Co-creator Michelle King] and I had a long conversation about it, and I just felt a little fried and that I was ready for something different for me. That's no reflection on how I feel about the show, it's just more about what I want to do in my life."