Tony Soprano ate his last onion ring after a protracted six seasons on HBO. Bob Barker watched his last contestant "Come on down," and many are waiting patiently to say goodbye to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" in 2009.
But there have been a few departures that happened so quick that viewers -- not to mention fellow cast members -- didn't have a chance to fully process them until the whole thing was over.
Isaiah Washington just got dumped from "Grey's Anatomy" following controversy about his remarks toward gay co-star T.R. Knight; Merrin Dungey, the co-star of "Grey's" spin-off "Private Practice," was recently replaced by Audra McDonald before the first episode even aired; and Jack McGee, who played the grizzed fire chief on FX's "Rescue Me," was abruptly written off the show this season after McGee claims he had a falling-out with star Denis Leary.
But these hasty exits are just the latest in that big revolving door we call prime-time TV. Some of the most :
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