Let's assume money is the issue, if there is budgetary concerns and we can't get Adam more money, why spend the money on someone else? What would interest me is how much money EC is getting. If it is more than Adam, maybe that is why he is upset. The new guy, who hasn't been on the show as long and hasn't paid his dues automatically gets a bigger salary?!:scream: I obviously don't know this for a fact but it is a theory. Again Adam being on the show for awhile, one would think they could put a clause in his contract to let him pursue outside interests as long as he informed the TPTB ahead of time, so they can adjust the stories to exclude him for several episodes. It might actually benefit everyone; he can make movies and the other characters, who aren't getting the same amount of storylines, can develop and get more screen time while he is gone. I have problems with people that turn down a steady paycheck for a gamble, especially in times like these. Hopefully, things will resolve and Adam will be back.