‘Charlie’s Angels’ Star Jaclyn Smith Spoke Out on Why Farrah Fawcett Left Show After One Season

by Jennifer Shea

“Charlie’s Angels” was an iconic show, but one of its stars, Farrah Fawcett, left the show after just one season. In 2019, her co-stars Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd talked about her departure and what it was like being on the show.

Fawcett’s departure sparked a long and ugly legal battle. But Smith suggested it wasn’t necessarily her idea to leave.

“I think she had a lot of people in her ear,” Smith told The Hollywood Reporter. “She was married to Lee Majors. He wanted her home cooking and being a wife. That didn’t work so it ended pretty quickly.”

The couple divorced in 1982 after nine years of marriage.

After ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ Fawcett and Majors Eventually Separated

Fawcett and Majors were two of the top TV stars of the 1970s. And they definitely felt the glare of the limelight. Majors said their celebrity put a strain on their marriage.

“It was hard to get around,” Majors told People magazine in 2019. “It was not quite as hard as it is today with everyone has a cellphone and the social media is so quick. Back then we only had to deal with the paparazzi at large. A lot of time you could evade them, but not all the time.”

But it wasn’t just their celebrity. It was also their work schedules. Both were working constantly, with Majors appearing in “Six Million Dollar Man” around the time that Fawcett was starring in “Charlie’s Angels.”

“There was a year or so when I think I saw her two weeks in one year,” Majors recalled. “It’s very difficult with careers like that. This business is tough. Working 14 hours a day, both of you, and the days went by.”

The couple eventually separated in 1979 and divorced three years later.

Majors has been married to his present wife, Faith, for more than 23 years. Fawcett went on to have a tumultuous relationship with actor Ryan O’Neal. She died on June 25, 2009 in Santa Monica, California, of cancer.