logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

Farrah Fawcett & Possible Reasons Why She Quit 'Charlie's Angels' after One Season

Rebelander Basilan
Feb 24, 2020
02:30 P.M.

Many were shocked when Farrah Fawcett announced in 1977 that she would be leaving the popular crime drama television series "Charlie's Angels." And here are the possible reasons behind her decision.

Advertisement

"Charlie's Angels" aired on ABC from September 1976 to June 1981, producing five seasons and 115 episodes. The series initially featured Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith.

There were a few casting changes after Fawcett, who catapulted to stardom when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster, left the show after one season. Cheryl Ladd would go on to replace her.

Undated photo of Farrah Fawcett smiling while sitting outdoors in blue jeans and a mauve blouse. | Photo: Getty Images

Undated photo of Farrah Fawcett smiling while sitting outdoors in blue jeans and a mauve blouse. | Photo: Getty Images

According to Biography, "there were financial, creative and personal considerations that compelled her to leave." Although Fawcett played a crucial role in attracting viewers to the show, she was only paid $5,000 per episode.

She also received just two percent of the merchandising income despite the fact that everything from lunchboxes to board games highlighted her face.

Advertisement

The actress was in line for a raise to $10,000 per episode after the success of the first season. In any case, it was rumored she wanted $75,000, as reported by Washington Post.

Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

The actress reportedly requested 10 percent in terms of merchandising, yet the production company found out Fawcett wasn't keen on settling.

Early in 1977, Fawcett disclosed to Washington Post that she wanted to make movies. She and her then-husband Lee Majors created Fawcett-Majors Productions to produce their own films.

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in September 2006.

Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

Advertisement

Another factor in Fawcett's choice to leave "Charlie's Angels" was that she realized the series was never going to be a creatively satisfying endeavor.

She once said, "For me to have stayed, I would have been very unhappy and I don't think I would have done good work. We didn't have, in my opinion, the greatest writers on that show."

Marital concerns probably played a role in her decision, in addition to creative and business motivations. Making the show called for long days that could start at five in the morning.

Farrah Fawcett posing on top of a car in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

Farrah Fawcett posing on top of a car in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

As reported by PEOPLE, Fawcett reportedly had a condition in her contract that stated she needed to complete on set in time to return home and make supper for her then-husband Majors.

Advertisement

Majors then reportedly urged her to leave "Charlie's Angels" to make films. In addition to long hours, making the show could be risky, and Fawcett might have wanted a break from fame.

Regardless of the reasons behind her choice to leave, Fawcett wasn't able to easily leave the hit series. ABC sued her and eventually agreed to make six guest appearances, Parade reported.

Farrah Fawcett mastering the skateboard in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

Farrah Fawcett mastering the skateboard in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in September 2006. In February 2007, she was declared cancer-free after undergoing intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

However, in May 2007, the cancer recurred, dashing all her hopes of recovering from the disease. In June 2009, she passed away at the age of 62.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Fans Say Jaclyn Smith 'Has Done Something to Her Face' at 78 after Marrying a Doctor — Recent Photos

December 20, 2023

Jaclyn Smith Still Lives in Luxury Home She Bought in 1991 & Raised Her 2 Kids In — Inside Her Mansion

November 24, 2023

Ryan O'Neal Was Helped into His Car in His Last Public Appearance – Inside His Final Days

December 11, 2023

'Charlie's Angels' Star Jaclyn Smith Poses with Granddaughter Named after Her - Their Resemblance Amazes Fans

January 11, 2024

Ryan O’Neal Still Had Farrah Fawcett’s Portrait above His Bed — Pics of His Life in Home Where He Lived with 2 Dogs

April 29, 2024

Ryan O'Neal's 4 Kids: Two Were Raised with 'No Food', While One Became Oscar-Winner

April 30, 2024

Ryan O'Neal Has Died at 82: 'Heartbroken' Son Speaks Out After Losing 'Hero' Father

December 11, 2023

Ryan O'Neal Blamed His Daughter for Farrah Fawcett's Death — They Found Strength to Reunite Before His Death

December 12, 2023

Teen Idol Bobby Sherman Delivered 5 Babies in a Field after Sacrificing Career to Raise His Sons

November 09, 2023

Tatum O’Neal Breaks Silence After Losing Dad Ryan O’Neal, Who 'Meant the World' to Her

December 11, 2023

Alyssa Milano Allegedly Had a Hand in Shannen Doherty's Firing While She Needed Money for Her Sick Dad

December 20, 2023

Ryan O'Neal's Death Certificate Reveals He Suffered from One Illness for Years

December 23, 2023

Denise Gordy Is Reportedly the Mother of Late Singer Marvin Gaye's First Son

December 05, 2023

This Woman Is the Partner of a Famous Actress & Came into Her Life after 'Years of Hell'

February 20, 2024