In a new cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, the creator of Silicon Valley and others discuss T.J. Miller's departure from the show. Miller would show up late and fall asleep between takes. Mike Judge, creator of the show, gave Miller the option to return for only three episodes in the series' fifth season as a sendoff for the character, but Miller declined.
- Mike Judge: "There are a lot of different ways you can find out somebody doesn't want to do the show anymore. And it's not fun to work with someone who doesn't want to be there, [especially when] they're one of the main people and you've got however many crewmembers and extras and people who are [not paid as well] and they're all showing up before 7 a.m., and then are just like, 'Oh, OK, we're not shooting today.'"
- Anonymous insider: "There was almost a danger to having him around. He was explosive, and there were moments where you'd go, 'Whoa, that's not where I thought that was going at all, but that was fucking awesome' ... but it was a trade-off."
- T.J. Miller: "In real life, I'm not always high like Erlich is. And this will blow your readers' minds, but I'm not high when I work because it gets in the way of the comedy. I also am not a guy who's blackout-drunk, bumping into things on set. ... What was occurring was I was out doing stand-up all the time, even if it meant I only got three hours of sleep. So, the thing I have a problem with? It's pushing myself to do too much."
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