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WATCH: 'Good Wife' Star Josh Charles Explains Surprise Career Move on Letterman (SPOILER ALERT)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 25, 2014 at 3:22PM

"Good Wife" actor Josh Charles dropped by Letterman last night to discuss his dramatic exit from "The Good Wife" after six years. Like Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey," this is how an actor generates buzz for their career beyond the show for which they're best known.
Josh Charles on 'The Good Wife'
Josh Charles on 'The Good Wife'

In case you've been living in a cave or avoiding social media, Twitter lit up Sunday night with the news that something Very Dramatic happened on "The Good Wife." (SPOILER) It turns out that series regular Josh Charles -- whose character had serious chemistry with Julianna Margulies--got bumped off after six seasons.

Why? It wasn't what executive producers Robert and Michelle King wanted. No, Charles pulled a Dan Stevens. Much like the star of "Downton Abbey," he simply decided it was time to move on with his career.  "However much I've enjoyed the experience," Charles explains in an online video, "I was ready for the next chapter of my life both creatively and personally."

Charles took full advantage of the attendant publicity to make a splash, dropping by Letterman Monday night to discuss his dramatic exit from the series. This is how an actor generates buzz for their career beyond the show for which they're best known. 

Watch the Letterman interview, below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.