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T.J. Miller is breaking his silence on leaving Silicon Valley.
A week after HBO announced that the actor best known for his role as Erlich Bachman on the comedy wouldn’t be returning for season five, Miller went on Larry King Now to discuss the reason behind his upcoming departure.
“It was the right time,” Miller told King during the episode, which will be available to watch June 14 on ora.tv and Hulu. “HBO and I 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.”
When King suggested that Miller perhaps grew too big for the show, the comedian disagreed. “No, I’m so happy that I was on the show,” he said, later adding that he’s “really, really grateful” to have gotten a chance with Mike Judge. “Those guys I do think are the best in the game. I mean … there is no one funnier working in television.”
Seemingly unsatisfied, King continued to press Miller on the real reason he was leaving, probing whether HBO approached him about an exit plan or if it was the other way around. As the official statement read, Miller insisted it was a mutual decision between the two parties.
“Why would they want you to leave?” asked an incredulous King, to which Miller responded: “Let’s be honest, there’s no way that the show isn’t going to change and become better.”
The Deadpool actor then went on to share some relevant advice he’d received. “My wife, Kate, has always quoted David Bowie as saying that somebody is at their best creatively when they’re in the water and their toes are barely touching the bottom. I think that’s a really cute quote,” he said. “It is good to be in an unstable and unsafe place.”
Watch a clip of the episode below.
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