T.J. Miller exiting Silicon Valley
Pour out a container of Fage yogurt: T.J. Miller is leaving Silicon Valley.
The actor who played Erlich Bachman is departing after this current season, HBO announced on Thursday.
“The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5,” the network said in a statement. “In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”
It’s a significant loss for the show, which was renewed for a fifth season earlier today. Miller became one of the early breakouts on the tech comedy as the buffoonish, narcissistic pot-friendly, articulate Erlich Bachman, an investor in Pied Piper and the owner of the house that incubated the company. Bachman will be seen in the rest of Silicon Valley‘s current season, which ends on June 25.
Miller has plenty of projects in his orbit right now. He currently stars on Comedy Central in The Gorburger Show asan alien puppet (and serves as an executive producer), and he’ll star in his first HBO stand-up comedy special next month. In the film world, Miller, who starred a few months ago in Office Christmas Party, recently wrapped filming the thriller Underwater and Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of the novel Ready Player One. He also voices the lead character in The Emoji Movie, which hits theaters this summer, and he’ll return to the Deadpool franchise with the upcoming Deadpool 2.
His Silicon co-star Kumail Nanjiani tweeted a farewell message to Miller and his character: “Very sad to say bye to Erlich Bachman. @nottjmiller is the funniest guy I’ve ever met & thrilled to work w him for 4 yrs. Brothers forever.”