'The Good Doctor'
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Is Actor Richard Schiff Leaving 'The Good Doctor' After Five Seasons?


Oct. 27 2021, Updated 8:48 a.m. ET

Actor Richard Schiff has portrayed Dr. Aaron Glassman on ABC’s hit medical drama The Good Doctor since the series premiered back in September 2017. An experienced neurosurgeon, Dr. Glassman has been serving as both a mentor and father figure to the show’s protagonist, Shaun Murphy, (Freddie Highmore) since he was 14 years old. A promo for Episode 2 of the new season of The Good Doctor left fans quite nervous.

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It appeared that Dr. Glassman might want to leave St. Bonaventure Hospital. He tells Shawn that he's "thinking of moving on." The doctor has already left the hospital twice. The first time was in Season 3 when Aaron needed to take a step back from his role in order to treat his brain cancer.

He left again when he was later fired because he got rid of Jackson Han (Daniel Dae Kim) to save Shaun, which went against the wishes of the board. Keep reading to find out if Richard Schiff is planning on exiting the series.

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Dr. Shawn Murphy speaking to Dr. Aaron Glassman on 'The Good Doctor'.
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Is Richard Schiff leaving 'The Good Doctor' in Season 5?

In the Season 5 premiere, audiences learn that St. Bonaventure had been acquired by Salen Morrison (Rachel Bay), and right from the beginning, it seems that most of the doctors are not impressed with Salen's new style of working. Some of her new ways of getting the hospital into shape include timing the surgeons when they perform operations and making doctors follow a stricter routine.

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She also decided that when it comes to her "clients" — her word for patients — she wouldn't always be looking at care first, which made some of the staff super frustrated. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang) made it known that she wasn't a "fan of an algorithm telling me what to do." Dr. Glassman is the most vocal when it comes to his disapproval of the new boss.

In Episode 2, Dr. Glassman tells Salen, "When we first met, you were a fake patient, now you're a hostile corporate leader. I resign."

Dr. Glassman talking to Selan and telling her he wants to retire on 'The Good Doctor'.
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Salen doesn't want him to quit because she thinks it will create a snowball effect in the hospital. So she instead offers to keep his clinic open, even though, according to her, it's a "money hole." Eventually, he accepts her offer, but not without some stipulations in place. Aaron wants Salen to double the budget to run his clinic efficiently. He promises that he will show "support" in return.

So the good news is that Richard Schiff doesn't seem to be leaving The Good Doctor. The bad news is that his character is in somewhat of a precarious situation.

Season 5 episodes of The Good Doctor air Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

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