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Actors Who Left Their Own Shows But Returned After Relentless Fan Protest

It’s every budding actor’s dream to have their own hit television show. This particular role defines them throughout their career and can also put them on a higher pedestal. But there comes a time when these actors want to leave this legacy behind and focus on greater things in life. However, the fans echo their name in such desperation that they decide to come back. Check out some of the actors who left their own shows but returned after fan protests and interest.

1. David Duchovny

David Duchovny 
David Duchovny 

Duchovny was the star of the famous sci-fi show The X-Files and played the role of special agent Fox Mulder. The hit show went on for 11 strong seasons with Duchovny appearing regularly in the first seven. But, he then realised that he needs to pursue other things in life. The show portrayed that his character was allegedly taken hostage by the aliens. Later on, he appeared in the latter part of the eighth season before finally exiting the show. But wait, he announced his comeback once again for the show’s revival in 2016!

2. Nina Dobrev

Actors who came back to their tv shows
Actors who came back to their tv shows

The Vampire Diaries is a critically acclaimed show and has managed to stay relevant in pop culture as well. Needless to say, Nina was the star of the show as the storyline focused on an intricate love triangle Dobrev’s Elena Gilbert and two vampire brothers. As the story started to get ridiculous, Nina found her way out after the sixth season. Initially, she said she did it because her contract was up, but she later revealed that she wanted to avoid typecasting. However, due to the fans and their interests, she was brought back for the finale where she got up from the magical coma was in.

3. Angus T. Jones

The “half” in Two and a Half Men, Jones played the fan-favourite Jake who was just a kid. Starring next to Charlie Sheen was a big deal then and Angus took on the fame pretty well. However, when the storylines got too mature for him, a teenager, he started criticising the show. Hene, he was written out of it in the 11th season. He came back for a cameo in the finale though.

4. Steve Carell

Steve Carell in The Office finale
Steve Carell in The Office finale

The boss character, Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, is one of the best television shows character ever. Starring in The Office, Carell went on for seven seasons giving us some pure comedy. But after he left, the show took a dip in the rating and fans wanted him back desperately. He did come back in the finale to attend Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson). But fans were still pissed that he was not included in the segment where they all go back to the office to big farewell.

5. Topher Grace/Ashton Kutcher

Topher Grace & Ashton Kutcher in That '70s Show
Topher Grace & Ashton Kutcher in That ’70s Show

Both the actors, Grace and Kutcher left the successful sit That ’70s Show to explore their careers. While Topher took a serious hit by not delivering strong performances, Ashton somehow managed to stay relevant. They both came back in the finale which was an emotional moment for all the fans as it provided the much-needed closure to many storylines.

Written by Deepak Vasisht