Debuting on August 23, 1998, on Fox, That ‘70s Show was undoubtedly one of the most beloved TV shows of the century. The teenage group of friends from Wisconsin had a lot to offer in terms of entertainment.

They made us laugh, gasp, and cry in equal measure. Their comic adventures expertly depicted the fun and thrill of the ‘70s culture.

Looking back at the characters now (especially Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, and Ashton Kutcher), it is hard to imagine that they were once that young and sweet. The sitcom had everything to love and nothing to hate.

Well, except the fact that Eric Forman (played by Topher Grace) made an unexpected exit at the end of season 7. He was the highlight and fans took time to adjust to his absence on season 8 of the sitcom.

But Why Did He Leave the Show, Anyway?

Topher Grace was only 20 when he joined the show as Eric Forman. It didn’t take too long before fans fell in love with his character. He was relatable and charming to watch. As a matter of fact, his announcement to leave the show after the seventh season baffled the producers who weren’t very sure what they would do after his exit. The thought of replacing him crossed their minds, they later decided against it.

Instead, they added another crew member, Randy Pearson, and Topher was invited to take part in the finale which he happily did.

According to That ‘70s plot, Eric left for Africa to pursue a lifelong dream of teaching English in Africa. However, the charming actor really left the show to try a hand in Hollywood. He felt that the show didn’t quite do justice to his acting talent and wanted to spread his wings a little more. Well, it was a huge gamble that eventually paid off in the end.

If you’ve kept tabs with Grace, you know he has been featured in a number of Hollywood films such as Spider-Man 3, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, In Good Company, and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Topher Grace Now

It’s been two decades since Topher Grace joined the film industry. Although he broke our hearts by leaving That ‘70s show, he seems to be doing well for himself. He certainly got what he was looking for. He does appreciate the exposure and experience he got as Eric on the teenage sitcom, saying it was a stepping stone for him and made sure he wouldn’t have had to worry about money ever again.

In a 2018 interview, the 41-year old said he’s lucky to have been a part of the show. Although he’s taken on smaller roles, Topher has worked with amazing filmmakers, producers, and directors in the industry such as Spike Lee and Christopher Nolan.

Now you know why the leading actor of That ‘70s Show wasn’t there in season 8 as he should have. Topher Grace decided to dip his feet in other waters and despite it being a risky move, it eventually bore results. Good for you, Grace!