Within the last two years, the MTV series, Teen Wolf has had massacres onscreen and off, with many of its original cast members jumping ship without much warning. Over the weekend, it was rumored that yet another star of the show, actor Keahu Kahuanui, who plays the openly gay Danny Mahealani, would not be appearing in season four. Die-hard fans of Teen Wolf went mad over the news and have threatened to quit watching the show altogether, even though the news has yet to be confirmed.
The last viewers saw of Danny was during the season three finale. In the final moments of the episode, Danny mentioned to another character named Ethan (Desperate Housewives star Charlie Carver) that not only did he know that Ethan was a werewolf, but he was well aware of all of the supernatural goings on in fictional Beacon Hills, where the show takes place. It was a huge moment for Danny, who has been recurring since the first season. Quite easily, the fact that he was aware of things pushed him into a proper position for further involvement on the show.
The rumors began Saturday, July 12, when fans attending Wolfs Bane, a U.K. based convention for Teen Wolf. Fans were doing live tweeting the event. During a Q&A, actress Holland Roden, who plays the brainy and beautiful Lydia Martin, shocked the audience when she said that Kahuanui, age 27, would not be a part of the show’s current season and quite possibly, any future increment of the series at all.
As fans questioned the validity of the statement through social media, Kahuanui himself responded to the onslaught via his Twitter, but his answer only made things more confusing, “So many questions. So few I can answer,” he stated.
If the rumors are true, Kahuanui would be the sixth actor in less than two years to depart the show after holding a main or secondary, yet important role. In October of 2012, actor Colton Haynes was the first to leave before the start of Teen Wolf’s third season. It was a surprising move considering his character, Jackson Whittemore, had been part of a major story line throughout the entire second season.
“These past few years have been the best of my life,” he shared on Twitter. “I’m sad that this chapter has ended, but excited for a new one to begin. Thx for the love.” Less than 24 hours later, it was revealed that he had signed on to another show, the CW’s action series, Arrow.
At the end of season three, four other once-important characters would leave Teen Wolf in rapid fashion. Actress Crystal Reed, who played Allison Argent, the love interest to the show’s main character (Scott McCall, portrayed by Tyler Posey); Daniel Sharman, who played werewolf Isaac Lahey, as well as Max and Charlie Carver, twins werewolves Aiden and Ethan, would head out of Beacon Hills, either dead (Allison and Aiden) or alive (Isaac and Ethan). Only Reed would be the one to give a statement about exiting, expressing that while she loved the role and the show, she had outgrown playing the part of a high school student (Reed is age 29, while the character of Allison was only age 17).
Actors leave shows all of the time, but it is not usually with such a high magnitude. Davis reportedly removed himself from all social media in late 2012, following discord from super fans of the show. Because of this, there has been no official word regarding Kahuanui’s involvement from him. Kahuanui himself is currently filming an upcoming untitled project which also stars actress Tracie Thoms (RENT, Cold Case). He has also released no further comments since the rumor broke. Teen Wolf airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. / 9 p.m. Central on MTV.
By Jonathan Brown