Originally Posted by DrDon
Yeah, but that quick of a trigger pull.. it was in the crosshairs, already.
Yeah, they don't pull an entire show just for one person - even the star - unless it was already in trouble.
House of Cards may go on without Kevin Spacey
Criminal Minds continues on without Mandy Patinkin
8 Simple Rules went on without John Ritter
Valerie became The Hogan Family and went on without Valerie Harper.
Alice went through multiple casting changes due to disputes with Linda Lavin
The Dukes of Hazzard replaced Bo and luke with Vance and Coy for a season and still managed to come back until CBS finally killed it.
That's one reason ensemble shows survive as long as they do, such as Law and Order, NYPD Blue, ER and CSI. You can have cast members leave and someone else come on board and the show clicks along. When the focus is on one particular actor, it does become harder to move on without them, but - as noted above - it has happened.