The second half of ‘The Ranch’ Season 3 returned, but without Rooster Bennett. What prompted the exit of Danny Masterson aka Rooster Bennett from Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’? Keep reading to find out!
Netflix‘s original comedy ‘The Ranch’ is officially dead, but people still seem to be unable to process the whole deal surrounding Danny Masterson, or as the “Ranchers” know him, Rooster Bennett. Danny Masterson played one of the Bennett brothers alongside his former co-star Ashton Kutcher. Halfway into season 3 of ‘The Ranch’, Danny Masterson’s character Rooster Bennett was cut off from the show due to some serious allegations against the actor.
The real reason why Rooster had to die on ‘The Ranch’.
- Danny Masterson surrounded in controversy
- How did the show deal with Rooster’s exit?
- Fans react to Rooster’s exit
Danny Masterson surrounded in controversy
It seems like Netflix and the creators of ‘The Ranch’ had no choice other than firing Danny Masterson from the show. The intense decision developed in the midst of a controversy that dragged the actor’s name into the mud. In 2017, Danny Masterson faced accusations of sexual assault, post which the actor was disbarred from the Netflix comedy. Not just one, but multiple women reported against Masterson on accounts of rape, sexual assault as well as domestic violence during the course of his romantic relationships. In fact, one of the women called out the actor for having drugged her and raped her in the state of unconsciousness.
The Masterson scandal soon took on a very public nature and Netflix was being thrown under the bus for not firing the actor. It was just a matter of time, however, before Netflix decided to cut off Masterson’s Rooster Bennett from the rest of ‘The Ranch’ episodes after the actor finished his part 5 run for the series. The act of cutting him out of the show before being proven guilty did not agree with Masterson however. He said in a statement to “The Wrap”, “I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of ‘The Ranch’. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty”.
How did the show Deal with Rooster’s exit?
Cutting off a major character from a series without any prior warning is easier said done. Cutting off Rooster Bennett from ‘The Ranch’ required a strong reason and an even stronger way. The Netflix writers probably couldn’t find any way better than killing Rooster off. Rooster Bennett appears for the final time in part 5 episode 10 of ‘The Ranch’. Titled “Change”, the episode shows Rooster returning to his cabin only to find Nick, Mary’s former boyfriend, having broken and entered into his home. When Nick asks Rooster if Mary was with him the night before, Rooster being Rooster cracks a joke that she might be sleeping with Colt. Triggered by Rooster’s smartass remarks, Nick threatens to kill him, but Colt saves the day by arriving before things escalate further.
Later that same day, Rooster meets up with Mary who informs him about her break-up with Nick. On returning home, Rooster again finds Nick waiting for him, but this time with a bag full of his belongings. After a round of talking back to each other, Nick holds Rooster at gunpoint and threatens to kill his family unless he left town. Rooster abides, but later (part 6) when Colt gets worked upon not being able to find his brother, the police get involved and finds Rooster’s bike at the bottom of a cliff. With that, Rooster Bennett is assumed dead and Danny Masterson’s action in ‘The Ranch’ comes to an end.
Fans react to Rooster’s exit
It was imperative for Netflix to fire Masterson and kill off Rooster Bennett from ‘The Ranch’ in the wake of the serious developments. Although many fans supported the decision of Netflix, a few of them believed that Masterson should not have been fired unless proven guilty. A fan said, “I agree that Rooster leaving is not necessarily out of character. He has his best interest in mind and acted on that. He is super self-preservative”.
That, however, did not change the seriousness of the allegations against Masterson. A fan argued, “Rooster’s actions were, in my opinion, in line with his characterization throughout the show … The ending was a bit rushed, but the writer’s left it open for him to return, which is good. Netflix was justified in releasing Dany Masterson, and they didn’t go against the foundation of the legal systems in doing it”.
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