“This was certainly unexpected,” writes ETonline about the co-star of a CBS action drama quitting the series. “George Eads is quitting CBS’ action procedural, ‘MacGyver,’ after less than three seasons, ET has confirmed. Eads, who plays former Delta Force operator and Mac’s partner Jack Dalton, is currently filming his final episode, which will air sometime in 2019.”
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, which says, “Eads, who returned to CBS following a 15-year run on ‘CSI,’ was the first actor cast in the reboot. The character will be written out. Eads, sources say, had been asking to be let go from the Atlanta-based series for some time to spend more time with his young daughter in Los Angeles.
“Eads has a checkered history with CBS and CBS TV Studios. The actor was one of the original stars of the network and studio’s ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and took a leave of absence in 2013 following an on-set clash with one of the show’s writers. At the time, sources told THR that he was unhappy with the creative direction of his character and that he clashed with a pregnant co-writer. Word of the incident got back to then-showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and resulted in a meeting that ended with Eads threatening to quit. He returned to the series following his temporary suspension later that season. The actor eventually opted to depart the procedural in season 15.”