Exclusive: Maria Bello Exits Fox's Touch

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Maria Bello Leaving TouchMaria Bello is out of Touch.


The Prime Suspect actress — who joined Fox’s Kiefer Sutherland drama at the end of Season 1 and was upgraded to a series regular ahead of the about-to-premiere second season — has left the series, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Reps for Fox and 20th Century Television declined to comment, but multiple sources confirm that the exit was a mutual decision between Bello and Touch producers.

It’s unclear how or when Bello’s Lucy character will be written out of the show, which wrapped production on Season 2 last week (Bello remains a series regular throughout the season). The show returns with a two-hour episode on Friday, Feb. 8.

Comments (55)

  • Hope she gets better show offer.

    Comment by nitemar – January 23, 2013 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I happen to think it’s great show. The loss is hers.

      Comment by Jennifer – January 23, 2013 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Weird, I thought the show became good when she came on. Oh well.

        Comment by Emy – January 23, 2013 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Nope. Don’t know why you’d watch before she was on if you didn’t like it before she joined show.

          Comment by Jennifer – January 23, 2013 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Way to be a snippy bitch. Jennifer.

            Comment by Jon – January 23, 2013 03:13 PM PDT  
        • I agree, It got better when see came on..

          Comment by Rakel – March 21, 2013 06:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree with you. The show was good before her and it will be good without her.

        Comment by Carrie – March 23, 2013 09:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I was so disappointed on how the writers wrote her out of the story. It was too out of character for the characters to part ways so early.

        Comment by Jo – March 30, 2013 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • weird.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – January 23, 2013 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s odd…not enough chemistry with Keifer? I think the show is a good concept, just poorly executed. Maybe they should scrap “Touch” completely and find other shows for them both. She was good in an ensemble cast (E.R.) but she just doesn’t seem to have the ‘umpf’ to lead a network show.

    Comment by Belle – January 23, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This just reminds me of how much I missed her version of Prime Suspect. That was a damn good show.

    Comment by mia – January 23, 2013 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree…a good show that got cancelled too soon. Stupid NBC!

      Comment by Brian – January 23, 2013 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This^ x 10!!

      Comment by MandaJ – January 23, 2013 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She was wonderful on Prime Suspect! She definitely picked up the pace on Touch- the show needed her character which she executed so well…maybe that’s the problem here…

      Comment by Lauralee Middleton – March 31, 2013 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would much rather have Kim Raver in the role. However, she is busy with Revolution.

    Comment by Moonlight4ever – January 23, 2013 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I bet the show won’t see season 3 , ( I totally forgot about this show , I sure I’m not alone on this )

    Comment by Joe – January 23, 2013 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s one of my all time favourites. I’m sure i’m not alone on this.

      Comment by Ben Dover – April 12, 2013 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What!!! A uselessly added character in the second season of a Tim Kring production left half way through the season. I am shocked!! (Not really.)

    Comment by emor – January 23, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maria Bello can never stay employed on an ensemble TV show. Take ER for example…. Wish her all the best.

    Comment by Jason – January 23, 2013 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She really can’t catch a break.

    Comment by tp – January 23, 2013 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh no. I want to see her on tv. She’s awesome!

    Comment by fanfaren – January 23, 2013 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was on ER for a while, and did fine with a larger cast around. She and Keifer just don’t mesh…nothing against her, but she is not lead roll material on TV. I forgot about Touch, and probably won’t try it again. Retooling is code for won’t last much longer – if it comes back I predict May will bring the end of this show. Good concept, poor casting and execution of the entire thing.

    Comment by Coop – January 23, 2013 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know. I have tried to watch it many times but just can’t get into it. I miss JACK!!!

      Comment by Sherri – March 14, 2013 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Youre gay

      Comment by Robert – May 11, 2013 09:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is this show not cancelled?..do people still watch this show??

    Comment by JoJo – January 23, 2013 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t be surprised in a couple of weeks or months so, we hear she got hired for a lead role on a new sitcom. Just saying. But I wish her the best.

    Comment by JT – January 23, 2013 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Annie Wersching, who is set to appear as a guest star on that show, will be a nice replacement for Bello if the show has a chance for renewal in the third season.

    Comment by Brendan – January 24, 2013 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would actually prefer it if they dropped Kiefer’s boring as hell Dad and kept her on as Lucy. Her ep was the series high (which wasn’t difficult).

    Comment by Alan – January 24, 2013 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like the show and found the season 2 opener much improved. I hate to see people not give it a chance, without watching the new season at all. of course, it got scheduled on Friday night, which is a handicap. it’s opposite Shark Tank and CSI New York. So, I record it. Hope it either gets renewed or ties up the plot ending if it gets canceled!

    Comment by linda lawrence – February 11, 2013 01:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If they want to continue with the Lucy character, the producers should just hire Mary McCormack. I’ve never been able to tell them apart, most people might not even notice!

    Comment by Keith Hammond – February 17, 2013 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dumb writing – Social services takes the boy (Sparked by him climbing a cell phone tower..) claiming his father is not qualified..to keep his own son.. and THEN.. this dumb SSworker loses the boy back to a cell phone tower.. and has the nerve to come back to the father and tell him he is incompetent.. and we may need to take him away from you again… Whoever wrote that part is a moron or thinks the audience is.

    Comment by Danny – March 1, 2013 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I personally really enjoy the show and I feel the second season is better than the first. The first season became too predictable but I liked it which made me interested to see the second. This season I am blown away at the creativity. Want to add too that lucy is a great actress, really, but not at all for this show…she does seem out of touch.

    Comment by danielle – March 9, 2013 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHHAT….I liked the first season but I loved the 2 one and I thought Maria and Keifer had a grate cemastry, I was so looking forward to see it grow, I am really sad that she’s not coming back, She is a awesome actress and a grate human being wish here all the best <3 <3

    Comment by Rakel – March 21, 2013 06:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aaaanndddd they do >>this<< to get rid of her character.

    I just died a lot inside.

    Comment by Rachel S. – March 22, 2013 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show, it is great, Keifer is acting like he did on 24, this is a great storyline. This is the new 24, love it love it love it

    Comment by jenny – March 22, 2013 08:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really dumb move ~ loved this character ~ lost me as a viewer ~ tired of always having a character ripped away in a violent way.

    Comment by Carly – March 22, 2013 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess this is the only way to bring Gugu Mbatha-Raw back on the show.

    Comment by Rick – March 23, 2013 01:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the show and love how season 2 developed. Disappointed that she will be leaving. I was hoping something would develop between Lucy and Martin. :)

    Comment by CS – March 23, 2013 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was so happy when I saw the end of her character. I liked her as reccuring, but later on she had some really terrible acting moments. But maybe it’s not her fault, I think script could be much better. I couldn’t believe what have writers picked to happen in some scenes. Like when Jake suddenly goes somewhere, and Martin yells at him, instead of just following him, or when Guillermo gets multiple direct shot wounds and still menages to flee the scene. Come on people, who can survive that (guy, earlier in that episode, died from only one shot from same gun)? I’m sorry if I spoiled something, I tried my best not to.

    Comment by Paul Mandic – March 24, 2013 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Guillermo had bulletproof jacket, that I remember…

      Comment by superpositivo – April 21, 2013 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show isnt coming back for a 3rd season

    Comment by chet – March 25, 2013 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I only started to really enjoy with Maria…she had a personality and offset Keith’s constant whispering monotone …what does Keith’s character do for a living anyway…doesn’t work and travels everywhere…is his character weathy??must have missed that info..

    Comment by mary – March 29, 2013 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes. He got money from his wife dying on 9/11. Btw on another note. I love this show. But if they do cancel this show I want them to tie up all the loose ends and fit crying out loud I want jake to start talking. Lol. I wanna hear more than just ”Find Him”

      Comment by Jeff – April 12, 2013 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • meh, can’t believe she left!….she had such great chemistry and she made the show alot more lively and interesting. this really sucks! she should have never left! #pissedoff

    Comment by marko – March 30, 2013 12:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Her leaving made me a bit angry, because it obviously forced the writers to alter the script in a way that they otherwise wouldn’t have had to. Geez, what was her problem?

    Comment by ACooke108 – March 30, 2013 05:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the show. Love it love it love it!!

    Comment by Earlene – March 30, 2013 08:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really liked her character, Lucy, who brought some life into the little boy, Jake. I have become quite the Maria Bello fan since Prime Suspect. I thought she grounded Jake and his father and made them almost a family. By treating her character the way that they did, it was reminiscent of 24, and that is not what this show started out as. The powers that be should not have let her go. I thought her and Kiefer had great chemistry that bordered on a respect for each other’s needs and troubles. I really question whether I want to continue watching this show or not.

    Comment by mopcambm – March 30, 2013 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the love angle they were showing on the last episode was great and would of been a great lead in for season 3. What the heck happened she should of stayed on and let it play out I thought she helped the show play out great and brought a lot to it I`m sure a lot of fans are going to miss her as for me I like her work. Hope to see her in something else soon.

    Comment by Cindy – April 4, 2013 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really liked her character as she added that insightful compassion and curiosity as a mother. I am very disappointed that her character has been terminated. It is a very male dominated show although there are other women but they have been given male traits in their roles. I felt that Lucy brought an openness that helped both jake and Marc to see beyond the numbers and clues to make it personal with feeling and meaning. She was a desperate character which is what made her a good balance for the factual, timelines jake and Marc duo.

    Comment by Michelle – April 8, 2013 01:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its a good decision Maria Bello wanted a bigger part in a bigger mini series she was being wasted on Touch anyway I wish her all the best hopefully she will land a role in a major blockbuster

    Comment by timothy – April 10, 2013 10:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was surprised there wasn’t an episode on Friday night, April 12, 2013. I thought I saw a coming attraction for it. We tape it as a series so we don’t miss an episode.

    Comment by Patty – April 14, 2013 12:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show! Can’t wait till next season.

    Comment by Chris – May 10, 2013 07:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Second season, I kept contemplating whether I would watch the next episode, I suppose I always did thanks to hulu.

    I liked Sutherland, but agree with most of the above posts that Bello couldn’t pull off his supporting role. Not enough chemistry and I didn’t think she fit. Also, got tired of the entire show’s writing. Like why is Dad always telling Jake what to do? “Stay in the car.”, “wait here.”, “don’t leave.” Jake never listened and was supposed to be a higher being, enough with that over and over same script of being an overprotective dad pretending to assert power over an autistic child. Just follow that kid around like happens every week!

    Also couldn’t stand avram and his holy roller accent. Like everything he said had the same pitch of an enlightened and wise statement. Even his “good mornings” with his arms at his sides slowly but enthusiasticly raising to the sky.

    Bummed it got cancelled although was sick of the aster corp angle without jake also bringing people together like he used to, to quiet his pain. I’m not sure how it went from playing chess and games in some grimy closed down mental hospital, to a global, multi-billion $, slick corporation that ran multiple guantanamo-esk sites, but it did. Hope to see sutherland and whomever played Amelia in other stuff. Not sure who played jake but couldn’t really get a bead on him with all that arms to the side head forward stuff. Bello… not sure if I care if I see her on the screen again. But any way it’s sliced, I’m confident the writing ruined this show, not the idea or even the inconsistency of the actors.

    Comment by hannah – May 13, 2013 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show just got more convoluted with every episode and never figured out what it wanted to be. The first season was one-shot storylines that seemed to make more sense of the boy’s special gift inadvertently helping the lives of others, which was exactly like the premise that Kiefer kept explaining in promoting the show: that the Chinese proverb about all humans being connected by the same thread. Yet, with the ratings dropping, the 2nd season seemed intent on drawing all kinds of outside references in a band-aid mode to keep viewers interested – be it the addition of Bello (who I like a lot) or the various alumni from “24″ that made guest appearances. The concept of a mute boy, with a confused father, had some intrigue at first but after 30+ episodes, how much could viewers be expected to take of dealing with the 2 main characters communicating strictly through Kiefer’s shouting or cliched phrases. In the end, the show that was about connecting people ended up being a disconnected story that was “out of touch” with its intended viewing audience. I also found Kiefer’s acting to be a bit redundant and conservative in re-enacting many of the mannerisms, clothing and speech patterns of his Jack Bauer character. It almost felt like he wanted desperately to relive that role (which, thankfully, FOX will now allow him to do) – I never believed him in the role as a journalist or grieving single father.

    Comment by TJ – May 13, 2013 11:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As I said, I really like Bello – not only for her realism as a woman of natural beauty and inherent character but for her ability to convey a wide range of emotions. However, neither her work on “Touch” or on “Prime Suspect” was altogether pleasing or appealing – both shows mimicked themselves in her roles as jaded, chip-on-your-shoulder females that kind of became annoying traits to watch repeatedly. Her filmwork far surpassed what she delivered on TV.

    Comment by TJ – May 13, 2013 11:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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