Smallville: Lex Luthor is Leaving


Smallville producers have announced that actor Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) is leaving the program at the end of this season.


You might be just a little bit confused, because in our previous Season 8 Update, we had already shared with you that Michael Rosenbaum would in the very least no longer be a regular next season.


However, the 11-18 episodes that he was rumored to be guest starring in are no longer. Though the CW has now stated, "We like to think that we haven't seen the last of Lex Luthor. Stay tuned," nothing is official, so I wouldn't be getting my hopes up for any Lex appearances come next season.


Rosenbaum has shared this personal note of thanks with those involved with the show and all of the fans.


It's kind of hard to imagine a Smallville without Lex Luthor, isn't it?


Source: E!Online


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May 2, 2008 6:54PM EDT

i want him to stay in smallville

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May 2, 2008 7:41PM EDT

"However, the 11-18 episodes that he was rumored to be guest starring in are no longer. Though..."^ No longer what?!

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May 3, 2008 12:07AM EDT

He didnt thank any of the cast except john glover.. Hmm.. Didnt he have any friends on the set?

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May 3, 2008 2:53PM EDT

are no longer (period) he is no longer going to be in the episodes.

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May 3, 2008 10:04PM EDT

I only watch it for Michael Rosenbaum. Him and Richard Armitage (Guy of Gisbourne) in Robin Hood is the only bad boys i have ever like. I always go for the good guys. I find it hard to watch Tom Welling, i didnt know why.
Do Fans Like Michael Rosenbaum or Tom Welling more????
Will this be the last season, if actors start to leave??

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May 5, 2008 5:16AM EDT

Everyone is leaving... Sad. oh well, an the bright side LANA IS LEAVING!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Happy= ME

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bazanime
May 5, 2008 1:41PM EDT

They keep dragging the story out so long without hope of an end and final superman unveiling, no wonder the cast are leaving to get something fresh. I say good luck to him, he did a fine job.
Maybe this will prompt the writers and whatnot to get back on track and finish this thing.Don't let it become long running and stale like the Simpsons and Lost....finish it.
my own personal rant :)

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May 5, 2008 6:14PM EDT

lexs cant leave, why would anyone be excited over lana leaving.THAT IS RUDE.

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May 5, 2008 9:22PM EDT

Lana is leaving for sure?!!! aahhh thats soooo exciting!! she SUCKS!!!yes lex leaving does suck...i dont know how the show can go without him...i really dont want it to end tho...i love this show it could go on for 100 more years...each episode is always exciting. its the best show on TV!! :-D
I like Tom best...he's just so sexxyy and he's freakin SUPERMAN!! he's just awesome! :-D

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May 6, 2008 3:56PM EDT

Yeah it sucks with the whole lex leaving thing but i think the series has gone on to long( as bazanime said ) there dragging it out half the stuff clark has done so far would have killed the normal superman but they changed too much....seriese is kind of weak now.

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May 7, 2008 6:52AM EDT

its still my favorite show in the WORLD!! :-D

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May 7, 2008 7:29AM EDT

I don't know if it's just me, but should Clark go on a shopping trip and buy some new clothes?He always wears the same stuff!It is sad though that Lana and Lex is leaving but you have to admit their lines have been getting smaller and smaller over the series.Great show though:)

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May 7, 2008 6:32PM EDT

lex and lana are leaving that sucks its such a great show but maybe they need to speed things up a little when is he gonna fly????

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May 8, 2008 5:20AM EDT

Omg he can't go. Everytime i see him in smallville i wish he wasent there coz his temperment is so evil, but lex is what helps make smallville smallville... Oh no its gonna be like the OC all over again, i never used to like merissa, but when they killed her off, it jus lost its touch because the wern't a foursome anymore and it wasent good anymore. i hope that doesn't happen in smallville. like a couple of y'all said before, i think it's just a way to pre-long the series(not that i mind it going on forever) but like every season i hear a rumor the clarke is finna learn how to fly and he never does, and superman learnt how to fly before he could do most of the things he does like the hearing thing.

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May 8, 2008 5:52AM EDT

Normally Michael Rosenbaum appaers in a very few episodes, but not as a main cast member anymore, same for Kristin... So don't worry, he won't leave completely and I prefer this option to seeing him replaced by another actor, no way! that would be the no go of the century because Michael represents Lex, he acted all these episodes and developped the character so far that no one else could...

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Jun 7, 2016 4:58PM EDT

ahahahahahahahaha.....i'm just lmfao....this is so ridiculous...this show should be terminated.....clark gives a bad name to the word FASHION....jeez loius mate....one f**king red/blue shirt for seven years? By Jove, thats a new record...lol.....and they cut off shows like Cashmere Mafia and Big shots....yet they seemed to OVERLOOK smallville?Its all a conspiracy.......CONSPIRACY!!!!!lmao

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May 14, 2008 12:25AM EDT

They need to drop the writers. I agree with bazanime, the show is so drawn out and the character development, if Clark was a real person, I'd hate him. What an ass he is. Let's see, he tortured Lana emotionally for just about every season except the 1st. He whines like a little school girl. He leaves things half finished, and he whimps out all the time. For being the pre-Superman, he sure needs a lot of saving. The only cool thing are his gifts and he barely uses them in each episode. The writers save a little speed and strength for the end of each episode.I don't blame the cast for wanting to leave. I only 1/2 watch the show now. I'm waiting for Clark to finally be Superman. He's what 30 now? Geesh. Welling's going to start a receding hair line soon. And what's with the cloths. Reminds me of Gilligan's Island, where they never change cloths (except the Howell's), must save on wardrobe costs.

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May 16, 2008 6:50AM EDT

omg i can't believe lana is going she is one of my fav charcaters it won't be the same without him or lex even though hes not my fav charcater i will miss his evil in him it will be boring now only clark and chloe the main cast left

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May 17, 2008 4:12AM EDT

just as I commented on how wimpy Clark was, he did something un-Clark like in the season ending and "intentionally" killed Braniac (and not like in those 80's rerun where the Villan, namely Titan, falls on his own spike absolving any fault to the hero or by accident or in self defense). Go figure, LOL. He showed us that he's not a complete p***y. I'm still bothered that all the girls in the show are more Butch than Clark. Don't get me wrong, I like kick-ass girls but the hero of this show is a guy and all the girls are tougher than he is. Maybe next season will be better and he'll start acting like he's got a set and won't have to be rescued so often. Oh Darn, I'm ranting in the wrong thread. Yeah it really suck that Lex is leaving. He's the guy you love to hate. He's really the most interesting person on the show. Don't most bad guys think they're really the good guy or the victim? And Lana, so typical, no matter how many times Clark hurts her directly or by association, she keeps coming back. I'm sure she'll have several guest rolls, after all, she's not done with the hurt.
I wonder if Clark smells. I wonder if he washes those cloths or has a full closet of the same jacket, shirt and jeans. They should have at least one shot of his closet before the show ends, if only for a few seconds. Oh, one last thing, the leather jacket Welling wears when he's in "bad mode" makes him look like one of the Village People.
It's time Clark flies and takes his role as Superman, next season, lets cross our fingers. The show is stagnant right now. Everyone's moved on except Clark and it appears the real cast is too.

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May 22, 2008 10:50PM EDT

i think that jor'el is probably going to wake clark up or somethin sayin that, that is what would happen if he didnt protect the device or watever OR the lex that died was a clone or something and the real lex has been somewhere. (i dont really believe it, it just would be funny)also, WHEN IS CLARK AND LOUIS GETTING TOGETHER

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Feb 6, 2009 1:03AM EST

"Yeah it sucks with the whole lex leaving thing but i think the series has gone on to long( as bazanime said ) there dragging it out half the stuff clark has done so far would have killed the normal superman but they changed too much....seriese is kind of weak now."
Why the HELL would anyone want smallville to be like the original superman???!!?? if you want the original superman watch the old tv show and the old movies. smallville needs to be different! i like lex but its time for better enemies for clark. i mean the dude will never die.... i want to see some of those future enemies come back. i really cant picture him with lois... he needs to fly solo to be any good. no woman holding him back. everytime he hooks up with someone everything goes to hell. everything is more intense when hes single. no time for love when it comes to superheroes. oliver was smart enough to figure that out

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Feb 6, 2009 1:06AM EST

"just as I commented on how wimpy Clark was, he did something un-Clark like in the season ending and "intentionally" killed Braniac (and not like in those 80's rerun where the Villan, namely Titan, falls on his own spike absolving any fault to the hero or by accident or in self defense). Go figure, LOL. He showed us that he's not a complete p***y. I'm still bothered that all the girls in the show are more Butch than Clark. Don't get me wrong, I like kick-ass girls but the hero of this show is a guy and all the girls are tougher than he is. Maybe next season will be better and he'll start acting like he's got a set and won't have to be rescued so often. Oh Darn, I'm ranting in the wrong thread. Yeah it really suck that Lex is leaving. He's the guy you love to hate. He's really the most interesting person on the show. Don't most bad guys think they're really the good guy or the victim? And Lana, so typical, no matter how many times Clark hurts her directly or by association, she keeps coming back. I'm sure she'll have several guest rolls, after all, she's not done with the hurt."
Brainiac is a f***ing computer you cant kill a computer you just destroy it.

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