How ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Turned a Recasting Problem on Its Head

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Season 4, Episode 8, “I’m Not The Person I Used To Be.”]On Friday’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) can’t recognize her alcoholic ex-boyfriend Greg (Santino Fontana) when he shows up at his high school reunion party after two years away.

That’s because “Pitch Perfect” star Skylar Astin, not Fontana, now plays Greg.“We wrote [Fontana] off the show because he voluntarily left.

And he’ll be in ‘Tootsie’ on Broadway,” Bloom said during a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association press tour this summer.

“But with an actor leaving, that left an exciting gap.

His character has become like lore.”With Becky in “Roseanne,” Aunt Viv in “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” or Darren in “Bewitched,” recasting a role isn’t usually acknowledged on the show, although the audience can’t help but be aware of the change.

However, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” did the opposite

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