After HBO announced last week that T.J. Miller, who plays Erlich Bachman on Silicon Valley would NOT be returning for season 5, fans have been asking, “why?”. Now, the actor is opening up about his decision to leave the show.
During a recent interview on Larry King Now, Miller explained that his departure from the comedy has everything to do with timing.
“Because it was the right time,” Miller told the Ora TV talk show host, Larry King, when asked why he decided to leave the show. “I’m so happy that I was on the show. HBO and I decided kind of decided that this was a time that the character could leave. We’d written it in a place where there was an organic departure.”
While we are sorry to see the hilarious actor go, and very interested to see what it means for the rest of the characters on the hit HBO series, Miller’s reasoning for leaving is pretty understandable.
In addition to writing his character out of the series in a way both the star and the network were happy with, Miller couldn’t help but gush about the costars he’s leaving behind.
“I really, really am grateful to have worked with Mike Judge and those guys really are the best in the game. Those other guys on the show, there are no funnier working in television,” he said.
King wasn’t convinced that this wasn’t HBO’s sole idea, so he asked again did Miller and HBO decide there need to be a change or was one party more in charge than the other?
“I think it was one of those times that both of us came to that conclusion,” he reiterated. “Let’s be honest there’s no way that the show isn’t going to change and become better. It’s Mike Judge, it’s Clay Tarver, it’s those guys.”
After King read the statement from HBO announcing Miller’s Season 5 departure, the comedian added that he really does love the show and what it’s doing, but he personally was ready to switch things up.
“I feel like that show is the best show on television, but it is that time,” he said.
Well, there you have it, Miller is just ready to do something new and fresh creatively, and we can’t wait to see what it is!
Silicon Valley airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.
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