MacGyver Shocker: George Eads Quits!

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MacGyver is losing an original series regular. 

George Eads, who has been with the CBS reboot since it debuted in 2016, has decided to quit the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter

George Eads at TCA

If you're scratching your head wondering what went wrong, the report goes on to state that there was an altercation on the Atlanta set of the procedural back in October and it paved the way for Eads to storm off while the episode was still in production. 

Despite returning to filming, the actor has now asked to be released from his contract with the aim of returning to Los Angeles. This is likely to be closer to his young daughter who lives there. 

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The most surprising thing here is that the on-set altercation was kept relatively under wraps. Multiple TV shows have been hit with scandals of late. 

The actor is still working on the series, but his final episode is slated to air in early 2019, meaning that if CBS pulls the trigger on a fourth season, there would be no more Jack Dalton. 

George Eads Attends Event

If you watch MacGyver online, you know that Jack has been an integral part of the storyline since the beginning, so it's difficult to imagine the show without him. 

That said, it might give the series the shake-up it needs to return to the quality of its earlier episodes. As things stand now, the show is making a case for renewal. 

MacGyver Season 3 is averaging 6 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic. These are respectable figures for Friday nights, so it's not going anywhere. 

George Eads has had several high-profile exits from shows under the CBS roof. He and CSI costar Jorja Fox were famously fired from the once-hot series in 2004 after failing to turn up to the show's set as contract negotiations got heated. 

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They were subsequently rehired, but Eads later departed during CSI Season 14 after an altercation with one of the writers on the show. He later returned but went on to steer clear of the two-hour series finale ... even though his character already had scenes in the installment. 

What are your thoughts on this news, MacGyver Fanatics?

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MacGyver continues Fridays at 8/7c on CBS. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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