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Scoobiedoo30
05-10-2003, 12:20 PM
I was wondering why did Henry Blake and Trapper Leave
The Televison Show M*A*S*H.


Aaron

Heidi Dawn
05-10-2003, 01:37 PM
McLean Stevenson (Henry) left because he was offered more money at NBC, but he then starred in two short-lived sitcoms at NBC: The McLean Stevenson Show and Hello, Larry.

Wayne Rogers (Trapper) left because he wasn't happy about his part getting less and less lines than Alan Alda in each episode.

Larry Linville (Frank) and Gary Burghoff (Radar) both left because they felt that they've taken their characters as far as they could go with creativity.

vhshunter
05-10-2003, 04:05 PM
They wanted to put a morals clause in his contract, he would not sign.

Scoobiedoo30
05-10-2003, 04:45 PM
What is a Morals Clause


Aaron

Dianne3
05-29-2003, 03:07 PM
It was a combination of reasons why Wayne Rogers left.

He was unhappy of his part not being the equal of Alan Alda's.

Also, he had another business. The way the schedule was set up, even if you had only a few lines, you had to stay of the set for the whole day. He was missing too may days, from his other job.

As for the Morals Clause, he figured if he had to sign one, so should the producers, but they wouldn't.

treky
07-03-2003, 03:19 AM
if you mean why did the actors leave, McLean Stevenson (Col. Blake) was a hit as both a guest & a guest host on "The Tonight Show" on NBC (MASH was on CBS). So, when NBC offered him a contract, which included his own series, he decided to leave MASH. But then, his 2 series (the dreadful "The McLean Stevenson show" & later, the AWFUL "Hello, Larry") bombed, NBC cannceled his contract, and he couldn't go back to MASH, since they had killed him off. It's been said that they probably could have done that "It was just a dream" scenario, like on "Dallas", but that would have made a joke of his death. They killed him to show that, in a war, anyone can be killed.
WWhatever, his decision to leave has been called a really bad decision, because he never "made it" after that.

And, Trapper left because he was discharged (and no, he never had a final episode, in case you're wondering).

Frank Burns went a little crazy after Margret got mmarried, and followed her on her honeymoon in Tokyo. Whe the army finally caught him, to quote Hawkeye, "the army, in all it's infinate wisdom has transfered Frank to a veterans hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has promoted him to Lt. Col.".

brooky
07-06-2003, 02:51 PM
Originally posted by Heidi Dawn
Wayne Rogers (Trapper) left because he wasn't happy about his part getting less and less lines than Alan Alda in each episode.

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patriot: I read a long while back that Wayne Rogers took the part with the understanding that his character was going to be the 'lead'. As the show evolved, Alan Alda's character became the more popular of the two and Roger's character faded to second place.

Dr. Thong
09-23-2003, 01:12 PM
Originally posted by lurkernomore
As for the Morals Clause, he figured if he had to sign one, so should the producers, but they wouldn't.

On a
M*A*S*H retrospective (I believe it was TV Guide's Behind The Sitcom Scandals) , Wayne Rogers said the studio tried to sue him over it, but because he hadn't signed the contract, the case was thrown out of court.

bry
12-26-2003, 08:23 PM
awful??? no.