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17 TV shows that carried on after the main star left

INSIDER Logo By Kirsten Acuna of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 18:  ABC swiftly canceled "Roseanne" after its main star sent out a tweet comparing President Barack Obama's former advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape.  While "Roseanne" won't return to TV this fall, the network announced a spin-off of the series will air this fall centered around the rest of the Conner family without Barr. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a hit show has carried on after its lead has been fired.  INSIDER rounded up shows that have tried to continue without its main actor. Some have continued on successfully for years while others floundered for a season or two before getting the ax. Let's face it: Sometimes, it's just not the same without a show's original star.  Many of the show changes involved the firing of lead actresses after they asked for pay raises equal to their male counterparts. This was long before actresses like Jessica Chastain and former E! News host  Catt Sadler were speaking out about pay equity.  Others are because of spats on and off set and allegations of sexual misconduct. And still other times, stars just felt they had told the story they had set out to tell and felt the show was, perhaps, past its prime.

ABC swiftly canceled "Roseanne" after its main star sent out a tweet comparing President Barack Obama's former advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

While "Roseanne" won't return to TV this fall, the network announced a spin-off of the series will air this fall centered around the rest of the Conner family without Barr. It certainly wouldn't be the first time a hit show has carried on after its lead has been fired.

INSIDER rounded up shows that have tried to continue without its main actor. Some have continued on successfully for years while others floundered for a season or two before getting the ax. Let's face it: Sometimes, it's just not the same without a show's original star.

Many of the show changes involved the firing of lead actresses after they asked for pay raises equal to their male counterparts. This was long before actresses like Jessica Chastain and former E! News host Catt Sadler were speaking out about pay equity.

Others are because of spats on and off set and allegations of sexual misconduct. And still other times, stars just felt they had told the story they had set out to tell and felt the show was, perhaps, past its prime.

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