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Television is an enormous and ever-changing industry, and as such stars have a tendency to move around quite frequently. Sometimes this is a result of a wonderful opportunity presenting itself, while other times they quit because of some intense feuds. It's not uncommon to see our favorite stars quit, and over the last year a number of high-profile TV entertainers announced their decisions (or at least their intention) to move on from their respective series.
With that in mind, we have compiled a list of notable TV stars that have announced their intention to quit their programs in recent months. Some of these performers are simply moving on to greener pastures, while others seem to be quite angry over some intense behind the scenes drama. Check out our list and let us know if any of your favorites made the cut. Without further ado, let's get the ball rolling with one of Dancing with the Stars' most popular personalities...
Derek Hough - Dancing With The Stars
Derek Hough became a household name for his slick moves on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and while his career will keep him dancing, it won't be on ABC. Hough recently announced his decision to leave Dancing with the Stars in order to team up with pop icon Jennifer Lopez as a judge on her new NBC series World of Dance. Rumor has it that World of Dance will feature a far more intense and rigorous form of dance competition than its ABC counterpart, so it already seems right up Derek Hough's alley.
Mary Berry - The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off just aired its annual holiday special, and it will soon make the jump from BBC to Channel 4. With this change, fan-favorite host Mary Berry has made the decision to depart the show in order to maintain her loyalty to the network. It's not all bad news, as BBC has already signed Mary Berry to host a brand new cooking show to replace her duties on The Great British Bake Off. Expect to see plenty more delicious dishes from her in the very near future.
Candace Cameron-Bure - The View
The View has experienced a ton of cast shake-ups in recent months, and one of the most notable changes came in the form of Candace Cameron-Bure's departure from the ABC morning talk show. Between her work on Netflix's Fuller House, as well as her consistent presence on Hallmark Channel originals, it appears that the host simply could not maintain all of the jobs in her life and ultimately decided that The View was the one that had to go.
Aubrey Peeples - Nashville
Nashville is making a big leap from ABC to CMT, and with that network shift comes some major lineup changes. One of the biggest expected changes is the departure of Aubrey Peeples as the villainous Layla. It's unclear what Peeples intends to do after her departure from the country music drama, but some rumors have indicated that she may go back to school to pursue a degree in journalism, as she initially deferred her Harvard admission to take her role in the ABC series.
Sue & Mel - The Great British Bake Off
Much like Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc also made the decision to leave The Great British Bake Off in the wake of the show's transition from BBC to Channel 4. Rather than stick with the iconic cooking competition series, the duo decided to stay at BBC, and the network recently signed them for a prime time series on BBC One called Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief. Given their wonderful dynamic, that seems like a perfect fit for the pair.
Chris Evans - Top Gear
Top Gear went through a number of behind-the-scenes changes over the course of the last year, and one of the most jarring shifts came in July when Chris Evans made the decision to quit after only one season on the series. Following his departure, the series is shifting its lineup to make Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Sabine Schmitz, and Rory Reid (all of whom were well-received by fans at the show's relaunch) the four central hosts.
50 Cent - Power
Power was not nominated for a Golden Globe this year, and it seems that 50 Cent didn't take kindly to the perceived snub. Following the (lack of) nominations, the rapper/actor/businessman took to Instagram to announce his frustration, as well as his decision to leave the series. Representatives from Starz have issued statements indicating that there is no behind-the-scenes friction, and that 50 Cent is contractually obligated to the network through 2018, but the rapper definitely seems serious in his anger.
Raven-Symone - The View
Candace Cameron-Bure wasn't the only member of The View's ensemble to call it quits recently. Back in October Raven-Symone similarly announced her departure from the iconic talk show in order to collaborate with The Disney Channel on a follow-up series to That's So Raven. Although her outside-the-box viewpoints will definitely be missing from The View, the promise of more Raven Baxter in our lives should be pretty interesting.
Will Chase - Nashville
Aubrey Peeples isn't the only member of the Nashville cast to call it quits in the face of the show's transition to CMT; Will Chase's Luke has also departed the series. The series likely won't miss him too much, as Luke's story arc had pretty much run its course by the end of the most recent season. That being said, the door has apparently been left open for Chase and Peeples to return for guest spots on the series if their schedules allow for it.
Amber Portwood - Teen Mom OG
After spending the last eight years as one of the main stars of MTV's Teen Mom OG, Amber Portwood revealed that she may in fact leave the series. This announcement came after an explosive fight with her co-star Farrah Abraham earlier this year. She's not the first star to threaten to quit the series due to behind-the-scenes in-fighting, and this serves as a dramatic reminder that reality TV can sometimes truly be stranger than fiction.
Nicole Beharie - Sleepy Hollow
The decision to kill off Nicole Beharie's Abbie Mills at the end of Sleepy Hollow's third season was met with a tidal wave of controversy and backlash earlier this year. This creative choice primarily served to allow Tom Mison to take a more central role on the series, and bring in new characters, as well. With the FOX series apparently set to reboot itself in the wake of her death in 2017, it seems increasingly likely that the ramifications of her departure will become incredibly clear very, very soon.
Sam Champion - The Weather Channel
One of the most recent developments on this list is the reveal of weatherman Sam Champion's departure from The Weather Channel. Champion became a notable news personality over the course of the last decade after spending seven years on ABC's Good Morning America before moving to The Weather Channel for another three. It's currently unclear what he plans to do with his career now that his contract with The Weather Channel has expired, but we're sure it will be informative and engaging in equal measure. After all, that's what he does best.
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