Let’s get this out of the way — it’s pretty much crushing when one of your favorite actors leaves one of your favorite shows, no matter what the reason is. But at least when stars are leaving one show for another — and it’s not just that their character’s story ran its course or that they need a break from filming — we know we’ll still be able to see them on our screens.
But that doesn’t make it hurt any less when celebs like Ross Butler announce that they won’t be returning as their crush-worthy characters. Sure, Riverdale‘s Reggie may leave a lot to be desired — he’s butted heads with both Archie and Jughead, after all — but he’s still totally hot no matter what. And we’ll definitely miss seeing him on The CW.
Luckily, he’s staying on for season two of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why as Zach Dempsey. It was a decision Ross made before he knew for sure that there would even be a season 2 of 13 Reasons, but a risk he was willing to take.
“I was pretty sure it was going to come back for a second season and I put all my chips on that coming back,” Ross told Seventeen. “If I left Riverdale and 13 Reasons didn’t happen, I would not be in a good place… But I was getting some good vibes that it would get picked up.”
The risk definitely paid off, and fans are eagerly awaiting a second season of the Netflix instant-hit. We’re just glad that we’ll be seeing just as much of Ross as we were before, even if it means streaming online instead of watching live on TV.
But Ross isn’t the only one to make such a tough decision. Seven other stars also had to choose between the role they were playing and another role they’d scored.
Check out the gallery below to see seven other crush-worthy cuties who left fan-favorite roles for another project.
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