Joe Manganiello Drops Out of Six

Joe Manganiello Abruptly Exits History's Navy SEAL Drama SIX

Joe Manganiello has dropped out of his starring role in SIX, History channel’s eight-episode Navy SEAL drama, TVLine has confirmed. Manganiello’s departure has brought production to a standstill as producers scramble to recast his role.

According to Variety, the True Blood vet exited the project due to a “manageable” preexisting health issue.

SIX focuses on an elite team of Navy SEALs whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Manganiello was set to star as Rip Taggart, a gruff, haggard, and aggressive military man who was once the squad leader of Seal Team Six. Five years later, Rip is working in Africa, protecting a small village from Boko Haram.

SIX, from Academy Award-nominated screenwriter William Broyles Jr. (Apollo 13) and military special ops veteran David Broyles, is inspired by current events and will aim to capture “what these SEALs do, their complex personal lives, and the life and death decisions they make.”

The cast also includes Barry Sloane (Revenge) and Edwin Hodge (Chicago Fire).

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13 Comments
  1. Murica! says:

    Thats too bad. He was the main reason I was looking foward to this show. Any idea why he left?

    Give the part to Tom Welling!!

    • Foreign Intervention says:

      I was going to tell you. But you’re one of those people who say ‘Merica. So I’m not going to.

  2. Sally Mander says:

    He best behave it’s not like people are knocking down his door to hire him. Oh wait . . . he has Vergara money now.

  3. aa says:

    He needs to stop leaving things that I want to see him in. He would’ve made Scream Queens so much more enjoyable, just so I could stare at him.

  4. Wordsmith says:

    I still maintain that “Rip Taggart” is probably the most perfectly macho name for a grizzled Navy SEAL. I dare you to come up with something better.

  5. mike says:

    Are Brian Bloom or Victor Webster available?

  6. Yolanda says:

    Get Freddie Prinze Jr. and be done with it.

  7. LookingForward says:

    anyone notice he and Sofia haven’t been seen together since before the Oscars and the fact he didn’t show for the Oscars. Maybe troubled marriage?

  8. Dan says:

    It’s called breach of contract I’m thinking and he might get sued over this..sorry man I like you as an actor but you need to take a page from Samuel Jackson’s book and take anything you can get and make own it like we all know you can.

  9. Osc says:

    I’ll cast that part………… :)