This is not a question about why Gates McFadden left TNG; that's been discussed elsewhere. My question is, why didn't they remove her name from the opening credits? Did they not have the budget to make new credits? Was her dismissal sudden enough that they didn't have time to edit the credits?

EDIT: I remembered McFadden being credited on the season 2 episodes when I watched them in syndication more than 20 years ago. However, it appears that either my memory was faulty or that there were changes made between versions, as online videos don't seem to have her credit. So, perhaps my question makes a false assumption. It would be interesting to see if anyone who has some of the earlier versions (such as on VHS) could confirm or deny her credit.

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    Probably contractual...these things usually are.
    – Paulie_D
    May 9, 2018 at 12:11
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    IIRC she only left temporarily due to mat leave. As @Paulie_D mentioned, there was probably contractual stuff involved as well. Denise Crosby's name remained on the credits for the season when she left the show as well. May 9, 2018 at 12:53
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    @Vanguard3000 No the reason she left was somewhat...erm..darker (allegedly), It's out there on the interweb if you really want to know. It's covered on SF&F too.
    – Paulie_D
    May 9, 2018 at 13:51
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    This is quite interesting. In some markets they removed her name. In others they didn't. I initially thought it would have been a contractual thing but I'm starting to think that it was down to advert timing
    – Valorum
    May 9, 2018 at 17:18
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    I just checked several episodes of Season 2 on Netflix (Canada) and her name isn't in the credits. It skips from Michael Dorn directly to Marina Sirtis.
    – Tronman
    May 9, 2018 at 20:09


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