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The 100: Isaiah Washington Not Returning as Series Regular in Season 5

No stranger to thinning the herd, The CW’s The 100 is poised to lose another original cast member.

Isaiah Washington, a main part of the show’s cast since it premiered on The CW in 2014, will not return as a series regular in Season 5, TVLine has learned exclusively.

“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Isaiah Washington on The 100 for the past four seasons,” executive producer Jason Rothenberg tells TVLine. “He’s brought so much to the role of Jaha, and we love working with him.”

Washington’s character, Thelonious Jaha, has undergone a radical transformation since we met him three years ago. After being stripped of his chancellor title, Jaha became a lost soul, eventually finding salvation — or so he thought — via the promises of an evil technological being known as A.L.I.E. Following her defeat, Jaha attempted to redeem himself, most recently helping his people gain access to a top-secret bunker that could save them from an impending nuclear death wave.

But don’t go throwing dirt on Jaha’s grave just yet; at this point, it’s unclear how Washington’s character will be written out of the show, nor is it known whether the actor may appear again in a guest-star capacity.

New episodes of The 100 air Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW, with the fourth season wrapping on May 24. Drop a comment with your thoughts on Washington’s departure below.

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46 Comments
  1. fiberlicious says:

    After what he did to TR Knight, he shouldn’t have been hired by anyone ever again.

    • Cornelius says:

      How Shonda could let him back on Grey’s after what he did even if it was for Christina’s goodbye is beyond me.

    • Ben says:

      People should have to live unemployed and be shunned from society for exercising free speech?

      It’s at times like this that I am always reminded of Bartlet in West Wing, who thought that pornography was not too high a price to pay for free speech, but that $10 was too high a price to pay for pornography. Some free speech is just bad free speech. That doesn’t mean it should dictate things like employment prospects.

      • flowerduh says:

        Well said!

      • Paul says:

        There’s a huge difference between free speech and workplace harassment, both verbal and physical.

        For instance, someone might declare that they are racist and believe White people are superior – a horrendous statement, but, ultimately, an exercise of free speech. It would be another thing altogether to call a colleague of yours the n-word at the workplace and get involved in a physical altercation.

        Either way, while I completely disagree with it being OK to harass your colleagues, I do believe that Washington has paid his dues. People who have done a lot worse have careers and he shouldn’t be banned from working forever.

        • Rara says:

          In my opinion he shouldn’t be banned from work at all. When has a person done enough to pay their dues when have they done enough Penance to please the people that worship political correctness. Free speech is been in this country for many years and this country has survived whether it’s vulgar whether it’s nice weather it’s mediocre people have survived. let’s stop being such weak Weasley people that are crushed by someone’s comments let’s have thicker skin than that. I just wish we’d all grow up and quit whining all the time.

        • Ben says:

          I did not say it’s ok to harass your colleagues, and it couldn’t reasonably be implied from what I said. Washington was fired for harassing his colleague – as he should have been. That’s unrelated to the idea that he should never work again.

          • Paul says:

            It is the only thing that could be implied. You said he was being punished for exercising free speech. He was not. He was let go for workplace harassment, both verbal and physical, which, like I explained, it is an entirely different thing.

    • miss says:

      He was fired from Grey’s Anatomy. He apologised. He has paid his dues. Grow up and get over it. It’s not a mistake he has to pay for for the rest of his life.

    • Ray says:

      Yes because everyone who verbally makes a mistake in life should never get another chance. He was a jerk to say what he did to Patrick Dempsey about Knight but he was kicked off a long running show that most likely he never would have left on his own and has done his best to show amends. Not to mention GA brought him back the help say goodbye to Christina. I guess if he said more dumb stuff he could have been the president by now.

  2. Wrstlgirl says:

    His part seems so minor in the big scheme of things, at least to me.

  3. Lucy says:

    I heard that tonight’s episode didn’t have a screener – so has that unintentionally spoiled tonight’s episode?

    • Jason says:

      No. He’s mentioned in the discription of next weeks episode. If they kill him, they’ll save it for the finale.

  4. Jaha tried to save his people each season, believing in the COL was his big mistake, but I feel like he redeemed himself in finding the bunker. His determination could be the salvation for mankind, him along with Monty and Gaia. Taking the bunker along with Clarke will be his downfall. If he survives the apocalypse and decides to roam the earth after they are free again, maybe his character will return with another story. It could be interesting, but I would hate to see Jaha die now after potentually saving them.

  5. TJ says:

    Save Raven please.

  6. Dominique says:

    am i terrible for saying good riddance? jaha never really worked after the first season. he has endangered everyone so many times and he’s such a backstabbing weasel.

  7. Lysh says:

    His character was always trying to find faith, trying to save his people through faith, and I thought that added a nice layer to the show. But that’ll probably only get you so many storylines. I sorta find Kane and Abby more interesting as far as “the adults” go, but I hope they don’t kill him. But this is The 100; they probably will.

    • Alex says:

      If he is not coming back as a series regular in season 5, I think that is a major indication they will kill him off. And who even cares? The grounders are better characters and they keep getting killed over the sky rats when nobody even liked Jaha and his death won’t be the thing that affects ratings.

      • Carol_R says:

        I’m not really interested much in the Grounders. To me the show would have been much better without them. I don’t care much about Jaha but I’m sick of the Grounders.

        • Kara says:

          Carol, the grounders were what got the ratings, most people, more so young people loved them and cosplayed as them more so than sky people at the cons. Lexa and Lincoln but Lexa in particular became nearly the biggest character on the show, even surpassing Clarke for many. Killing off the grounders has proved detrimental to the show because sky people are badly developed and unrealistically surviving more and plain annoying to watch.

          • David Knowles says:

            What got the ratings was the Lexa. To a lesser extent Lincoln but they both dead. The rest of the grounders are 2 dimensional and mostly a waste of space. Especially in a bunker with limited supplies and space!

          • Kara says:

            True but it makes it worse because characters like Roan were still better than most of the sky freaks.

      • The fact that they’ve announced it seems to indicate the opposite. Why would they randomly spoil his death so close to the finale? I think he’ll survive but his role will be radically reduced. Maybe he’ll be exiled or just not have some kind of significant storyline anymore. He might just pop in every now again to remind viewers that the character still exists. I wouldn’t complain if he died though and I’d be disappointed if anybody stopped watching just because somebody they like died. The death of fan favourites is part of the fabric of this show. That’s why it’s so thrilling and the stakes are so high. If people don’t like characters dying, they shouldn’t have started watching the show to begin with.

  8. Peter says:

    yeah now i can finally start watching this show now his homophobic ass is gone

  9. Mike says:

    I guess that he will be one of the deaths in the finale

  10. K.D.S. says:

    He won’t be missed.

  11. ? says:

    This the 100. It’s pretty certain he’s going to die in a horrible, creative way.

  12. Daniel says:

    good riddance, homophobic trud

  13. KLS says:

    I’ve had up and down feelings for Jaha. I hated him and the City of Light storyline, but sometimes he seems like the voice of reason.

  14. S says:

    His character never should have made it out of season one alive, and he, along with Pike, was one of the most distasteful and hateful characters of season three. I won’t miss Jaha.

  15. Kerri says:

    I like Jaha’s character but really hated the City of Light crap. Not sure how Jaha can redeem himself now.

  16. Alex says:

    The show should be scrapped period anyway.

  17. BJ says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo

  18. mia says:

    Jaha needs to go….I hear Riley (lol) needs a friend in the afterlife! omg i can’t believe they killed riley (finally) lol

    • Sam says:

      They killed most of the new characters off if not all. Nobody took to Riley out of everyone introduced. And the others like Luna and Ilian were put in to fill he Lexa Lincoln gaps…didn’t work obviously. Roan worked but Jason is just a dimwit. I think he is like a child throwing his toys around in a tantrum because my once favorite show has become so sloppy. If he wants his show to survive, he needs to start listening and stop making stupid decisions to try and shock people rather than develop a plot.

  19. jamir says:

    I say good riddance, not because he is homophobic, I just absolutely hate Jaha. Man tonights episode was probably one of the darkest episode of the series.

  20. Cosmin says:

    Don’t care…we need bellamy with clarke

    • Kara says:

      That is stupid af we need Bellamy and or Clarke dead. Clarke chose Lexa over Bellamy and they will forever main the most legit couple this show ever had, the falling ratings since she left indicate this bigtime.

    • Alex says:

      Um, Clarke seems to be using Niylah as her back up generator since Lexa’s light died out. She likes Bellamy as a friend, maybe even a brother. But she is settling for another woman who can shelter her and talk to her about her ex who Jason said, was the love of her life.

  21. so happy jaha is going never liked his character

  22. Kim says:

    Jana-I am very ok with his character being done…my daughter and I ♥️ Watching this show together and hope it continues for awhile…Great ep last night & my 💔 For Monty ’bout the 💔ing scene he had with you know who….

  23. Miller's says:

    What about Jasper? Doesn’t he count?