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'Spartacus' Star Andy Whitfield Leaves Series After Cancer Recurs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 20th 2010 7:15AM
Andy WhitfieldIt's been announced that Andy Whitfield will not be returning for the second season of 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' because his cancer has recurred.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitfield's doctors have advised him to "immediately resume aggressive treatment" for the cancer. He was diagnosed with Stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in early March, and production on season 2 was postponed while he underwent treatment.

But recently Whitfield had been in remission, and after being cleared by doctors to return to work, he'd been training hard for season 2. He even attended the 'Spartacus' panel at Comic-Con where he said he felt "better than ever."

In a statement, Whitfield said "It's with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as 'Spartacus' and all the wonderful people involved. It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey. Thank you sincerely for the support so far."

In July Starz announced that the gap between seasons one and two would be bridged by an epic new prequel, 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,' starring Australian actor Dustin Clare. It's stil scheduled to premiere in January 2011, but no decisions have been made yet about the fate of the original series, production on which was supposed to be resuming soon.

"Right now, we just want to extend our concern and support to Andy and his family," said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director, Starz Media. "We will address our programming plans at some later date."

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Mina

No doubt, the role of such a champion was played by a man who is a champion himself. The energy, the strength, the presence, the soul that was breathed into Spartacus was not merely good acting. It is a very good show, but it is Andy that breathed life into it, the rest is just entertainment and distraction (pretty good entertainment and distraction, but that's all). Get well soon, please. Who cares about the show, you've already inspired us. Inspire us again by beating cancer. We need present day heroes too!

January 07 2012 at 12:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yovanny Lisandro Tor

Parece injusto k cuando el(andy) empiesa finalmente a brillar como actor,se le detiene el momento x una enfermedad como esa...sin duda alguna el show no sera lo mismo sin el...pero ante todo esta su salud y su familia..
..la mejor de las suetes andy...cuidese mucho!!!!

July 06 2011 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MMS

Feel the same way! Makes no sense at all. They are talking about replace him! I will not even watch it! The guy they've found, this Liam McIntyre is no match to him...he farway from the charater! They will ruim the all serial!! I'm very sad! I hope besides all that that Andy get well! :)

May 20 2011 at 7:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MMS

If you're making a 2nd series without Andy...I'm sure I will not even see it! He is the series! No other actor can replace him! Wait till he gets well because it will be a failure to replace him! There are many people that feels like me!

May 20 2011 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrisrusso2013

get better andy spartacus series is nothing without spartacus himself

April 11 2011 at 1:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrisrusso2013

get better andy spartacus is nothing without spartacus himself

April 11 2011 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
VampireKiss6661

Get well soon Andy!! Your fans love you and hope to see you return to your role as Spartacus in season 3.

March 14 2011 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jackeepe

Spartacus has been such a wonderful show and Andy makes it spectacular, no one can ever replace him and I sincerely hope hes doing very well and recovering -- would love to see him in season 3
We are pulling for you Andy!!

February 12 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
innoamen2008

Dear Andy i pray you get well ,that is your first priority and my sincere wish
your fans will be here waiting for your return.God speed

November 26 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
desertr0se

Andy, I am praying for a speedy recovery for you.

November 02 2010 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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