Why Did Terry Farrell Leave ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’?

Jadzia Dax, performed by actress Terry Farrell, was a significant a part of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” from the very first episode. The character was in virtually each episode of the show up till the top of the sixth season.

Dax was abruptly killed off within the finale of the show’s sixth season. Fans had been shocked, although rumors about Farrell leaving the show had been circulating because the sixth season aired. The circumstances round Farrell’s departure had been stored quiet for a few years.

However, Farrell has since revealed that leaving the show wasnot her determination.


Farrell Says She Wanted to Stay on DS9

Farrell instructed StarTrek.com in 2011 that her contract was set to run out on the finish of the sixth season, so she began the method of renegotiating with the producers. As a part of these negotiations, she requested to look in fewer episodes. Farrell mentioned that after six years of being in almost each episode, she was “actually drained” and that the schedule was very troublesome. She wished to come back again as a recurring character within the seventh season slightly than a member of the primary cast. However, that is not what the producers and the studio had in thoughts.

Farrell spoke out about her exit from DS9 within the guide “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years.” She mentioned that producer Rick Berman instructed her she needed to come again as a fundamental cast member for the seventh season or she’d be written off the show.

“The issues with my leaving had been with Rick Berman. In my opinion, he is simply very misogynistic… Basically he was making an attempt to bully me into saying sure [to signing a new contract]. Rick mentioned I used to be hardballing him and I mentioned ‘I’m not. I simply wish to have a dialog. You’re giving me a take-it-or-leave-it supply and I’m not okay with that.’ So, lastly I did have a dialog with him and requested to chop down my variety of episodes or simply let me out.”

Farrell by no means reached an settlement with the producers and the studios. She did not signal a contract for the seventh season, and her character was killed off.


Berman’s Side of the Story

Berman additionally spoke to the authors of “The Fifty-Year Mission.” He instructed a really completely different story.

“To say that this lady was let go is totally ridiculous. She was not fired… She wished to be a recurring character. You cannot be in a scenario on our reveals the place any person is simply going to seven out of 13. I really like that folks, together with a few of these actors, like to suppose that I had all this energy. The studio principally mentioned, ‘No method. She’s an everyday character and he or she does all 26 episodes or nothing.'”

Berman continued, saying that the studio ended up in an enormous authorized battle with Farrell concerning the contract.

He additionally instructed the authors that he had an awesome working relationship with Farrell.

“Terry and I acquired alongside completely and, for some cause, she departed. Years after she departed, she began saying that I had one thing to do together with her departure, which I can let you know is totally unfaithful.”

He insisted that he had nothing to do together with her departure and it was out of his palms.


Farrell Didn’t Tell Her Side of the Story For Many Years

Farrell stored her facet of the story quiet for a number of years after her departure. She did not reveal the main points till she spoke to the authors of “The Fifty-Year Mission.” Even then, she withheld among the particulars. The first time she instructed the entire story was for the DS9 documentary “What We Left Behind.”

Farrell instructed the documentary’s host, DS9 producer Ira Steven Behr, that her “coronary heart was damaged” when she determined to go away the show. In one other scene, Farrell sat together with her former costars and passionately instructed them that she felt like she wasn’t being listened to and he or she did not really feel valued on the show. Then, she instructed them her facet of the story for the very first time.

At a GalaxyCon digital occasion in March 2021, Farrell mentioned that although she’d talked to among the DS9 workforce about her departure through the years, most of them heard about it for the primary time whereas they had been filming for the documentary. Farrell additionally mentioned that, ultimately, she’s pleased with the best way issues turned out. Though leaving DS9 was terrible, if she hadn’t stood up for herself and left, she would not have gotten the alternatives that got here to her later.

In “What We Leave Behind,” Michael Dorn, who performed Worf mentioned, “Only the folks concerned know the information. We simply know what folks wish to say us.”

Only Farrell, Berman, and the studio execs know the true circumstances that led to Farrell’s departure. That being mentioned, Farrell’s model of occasions has by no means wavered.

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