Why did Rooster leave The Ranch?

Danny Masterson, who assumed the role of Rooster on Netflix’s The Ranch, was fired during season three due to rape allegations made against him.

Danny Masterson assumed the role of series regular, Rooster, in Netflix’s original series, The Ranch, from season one up until season three. The actor was strategically written out of the storyline during season three, following rape allegations made against him, causing Netflix to fire him from the production. The allegations surfaced in 2018, after a group of women came forward and accused Danny of rape in the early 2000s. Netflix used the opportunity to show its intolerance of such serious accusations, and immediately terminated Danny’s contract.

In a statement issued to TV Line in 2018, Danny commented on Netflix’s decision to fire him. He stated, “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. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused.”

He went on to thank the cast and crew for their continuous support during the trial. Two years since leaving The Ranch, Danny has still not made a comeback to the production, and appears to be taking a break from acting.