So long! NBC's Smash cuts two actors

May 22, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. ET

Smash is losing its stars. Two series regulars have been let go. The NBC drama is revamping its cast and cutting the fat. Following the events of the first season finale, you shouldn't be too surprised by these exits.


NBC's musical series Smash is cleaning house. The drama, which recently ended its first season, is cutting not one but two actors. Say goodbye to Jaime Cepero and Raza Jaffrey.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Cepero and Jaffrey will no longer be full-time members of the cast. Next season, they may reappear to wrap up their character's storylines, but that's about it.

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We're not surprised by either actor's exit. During season one, critics and fans were pretty vocal about their dislike of both characters. Jaffrey's Dev was an outsider looking in on fiancee Karen's,  (Katharine McPhee) theatrical world. It also didn't help that he slept with another woman.

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As for Cepero, his character Ellis has been a thorn in the show's side from the beginning. His over-the-top scheming and busybody behavior was too much to take. He wasn't a villain you loved to hate -- you just hated him.

The last time we saw Ellis, he was being scolded by Eileen (Anjelica Huston) for his underhanded tactics. He was promptly fired, but warned her that he'd be back. Considering this news, will he?

Update: Brian d’Arcy James and Will Chase are also leaving the show. James played Frank, the long-suffering husband of Julia (Debra Messing), while Chase appeared as her former lover Michael.

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This is just one of the changes taking place under new showrunner, Josh Safran. Safran previously worked on The CW hit Gossip Girl. He'll take over for Smash's second season, which is set for a winter premiere.

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What do you think of Smash's two exits? Will they be missed?

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