Henry Ian Cusick leaves ABC’s ‘Scandal’

By Daniel S Levine,

Another ABC show has lost a lead actor. The Disney-owned network has cut former Lost actor Henry Ian Cusick from the cast of Scandal.

The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed that Cusick would be leaving on Friday. Cusick starred in the series as Stephen Finch, a ladies' man that worked for Olivia Pope’s Pope & Associates, using his skills to get information for the firm. The Olivia Pope character is played by series star Kerry Washington.

Cusick’s character’s backstory was not a major part of Scandal’s seven-episode first season. The D.C.-set legal drama featured weekly cases, while the characters tried to uncover a scandal connected to the president.

The Wrap, which also confirmed Cusick’s departure, noted there is no word on how the character will be handled in the second season.

Joshua Malina, who plays David Rosen, will get promoted from recurring to lead.

Scandal was created by Shonda Rhimes, who also created ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off, Private Practice. All three shows will return next season.

THR reports that Cusick is leaving on good terms with Rhimes. He has a film project he is working on titled The Girl on the Train, a thriller centering on a documentary filmmaker who meets a strange woman.

This is just the latest case of a lead actor getting dropped from an ABC series. The network let Private Practice’s Tim Daly go. This week, the network let three stars of its crime drama, Body of Proof exit.



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