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Sitcom Characters Who Were Unceremoniously Replaced

List RulesVote up the mid-show casting changes that made a big difference.

It can be confusing when a television character of importance gets suddenly recast. Sometimes it's a character you've grown with over a few seasons, or a character with incredible chemistry with another co-star. In that case, it can be devastating. Sometimes the actors can't control their egos, but most of the time other opportunities arise and the actors are faced with a difficult decision. 

It's rare that a show jokes about an obvious recasting, but Jazz from The Fresh Prince provided some hilarious meta-commentary after Aunt Vivian was replaced. Other shows, like Bewitched, tried to carry on as if nothing had changed.

Were any of these sitcom character replacements more noticable than you thought? Browse through the list below and vote up the best (or most obvious) recasting decisions. 

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    The feud between Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Vivian, and the rest of the Fresh Prince cast has been going on for decades. There's plenty of speculation as to what exactly happened behind those scenes, but Alfonso Ribeiro confirmed her departure was for the better. "They brought in Daphne Maxwell-Reid, who we absolutely loved, and we moved on. Oh well."

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    Darrin From 'Bewitched' Changed Between Seasons 5 And 6

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    Audiences loved Dick York as the mild-mannered Darrin. So much so, ratings tanked when Dick Sargent replaced him in Season 5. Unfortunately, York had to quit the role due to health problems

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    Lecy Goranson, known as Becky Conner for five seasons of Roseanne, left the series to attend Vassar College. Sarah Chalke, now largely known for role as Dr. Elliot Reed on Scrubs, auditioned for the role and won.

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    Jo Marie Payton played Hariette Winslow for nine seasons of Family Matters. Payton left as soon as she was contractually able to, stating, "I actually made the decision to leave the show two years before I left." Judyann Elder took over for the short remainder of the series. 

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