"Suddenly Susan" Loses Judd

Ex-Brat Packer decides it's "time to move on"; second cast loss after David Strickland's suicide

By Marcus Errico May 06, 1999 8:00 PMTags
Suddenly Susan is suddenly Judd-less.

Ex-Brat Packer Judd Nelson is defecting from the NBC sitcom, effective immediately.

Nelson decided that three years as Brooke Shields second-banana boss was enough, and it is "time to move on," his manager tells Daily Variety.

Apparently Nelson felt the relationship between his magazine editor Jack Richmond and Shields' writer character has been played out. Variety reports Nelson and show producers mutually agreed he should exit the suddenly snakebit show.

The 39-year-old Breakfast Club alum is the second Susan costar who won't be around come next fall. David Strickland, who played nice-guy music critic Todd, committed suicide in March. Nelson will make his Suddenly Susan swan song in season-ending tribute to Strickland May 24.

Producers say they will explain Nelson's absence on the season opener, but have yet to divulge how his character, or Strickland's, will be replaced.

Nelson has two film projects to keep him busy: Light It Up for Fox 2000 and the indie-produced mockumentary Endsville.