Danny Pino (Nick Amaro from Law and Order: SVU)
In May, Danny Pino left Law and Order: SVU,
his character "Nick Amaro" decided to forgo an early retirement after realizing he can't move up the ranks due to his past records. Amaro entered the show in Season 13 as a replacement for Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni).
Benson initially did not get along with Amaro, mostly due to her being hurt by Stabler's sudden retirement. However, they managed to form a tight friendship as the seasons passed. Ironically, Benson and Amaro parted ways on a much sweeter note - Benson tells Amaro in the finale that she felt his friendship was good for her, as it allowed her to grow, compared to her relationship with Stabler. This "shade" illicited controversy amongst fans, especially those who shipped Benson and Stabler together.
The reason for Pino's departure is apparently his family, as his wife and children live in LA, and Pino has to commute and live in New York to film SVU episodes.
Here's to more roles in Pino's feature. Jake T. Austin (Jesus Adams-Foster from The Fosters)The Fosters'
season two finale ended in a cliffhanger, as mom Stef (Teri Polo) is called into a car crash caused by a hit and run. Earlier, it was shown that Stef's adopted children, Mariana and Jesus, and their biological mother, Ana, were involved in the crash. After the finale aired, Austin tweeted about how he had enjoyed all the time spent on the show, but was leaving. This caused fans to speculate that Austin's character, Jesus, had died.
However, in the season 3 pilot, we learn that Jesus, Mariana, and Ana were all able to walk away from the accident with minor injuries, and that Jesus was at boarding school. It has been confirmed that Jesus will stay on the show, and will appear at the fall premiere. However, Jesus will now be portrayed by actor Noah Centieno.
Replacing a character with a different actor was common back in the olden days of TV, it was done on The Brady Bunch, Roseanne, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,etc. But how audiences will react now, only time will tell, when Centieno debuts as the new Jesus.