Why Did Sharona Bitty Schram Leave Mo...

Why Did Sharona Bitty Schram Leave Monk the USA Network TV Series

There are 105 comments on the Associated Content story from Jan 26, 2008, titled Why Did Sharona Bitty Schram Leave Monk the USA Network TV Series. In it, Associated Content reports that:

Why Did Sharona Leave Monk the U.S.A Network TV Series? Sharona started this Hit TV series with Monk and will always be loved by it's viewers. via Associated Content

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Jake Axminster

Swindon, UK

#42 May 13, 2009
I see Schram's departure in the same way as Barbara Bain's departure during "Mission: Impossible", the 60's tv show. Subsequently, neither show was any way near as great as before. I see Howard as a replacement in the same way as Lesley Ann Warren on "Mission: Impossible", the 60's tv show. Both are/were adequate but unexceptional.
Monk Fan Amazing

Lawrenceville, GA

#43 Jul 30, 2009
Sharona needs to come back for the entire final season! I cant stand Natalie! She is so boring and self-centered.

United States

#44 Aug 4, 2009
I think natalie is such a better character for MONK. She allows him to grow and show his weakness as a person in a daily relationship.
Sharona always put Monk in a slightly antagonical relationship which was hard for him to move forward. Both women made him grow but differently and in ways he needed to as the show progressed. I still like natalie better as she is forces him to be a friend rather where sharona was always trying to be his nurse.

Glasgow, UK

#45 Aug 8, 2009
Natalie is sooooooooo the better nurse for monk she has more compassion in her little finger than sharona had in her entire body!!!!!

Van Nuys, CA

#46 Oct 22, 2009
When Sharona left, the Show lost color, warmth, and life. The ensemble was stonger with Sharona, the chemistry between the characters a real part of the show. When she left, it became almost a one-man show with a cast of supporting players. I can't imagine why Sharona left the show - but in my opinion, the show became worse for it. I absolutely loved the show while she was part of it. After she left, I caught it when I could, but made no special effort to do so.
trailer trash lover

Tarpon Springs, FL

#47 Nov 29, 2009
Natalie fan wrote:
I enjoy the Natalie episodes WAAAAY more than the Sharona ones. Natalie is so damn hot. Sharona always reminded me of white trailer trash, and she's pretty ugly to my eyes.
Sorry natalie but sharona's hot if she's trailer trash I'm moving to the trailer park. She added spark and yes she had problems but look at Monk. That's why I loved the show, Natalie is dry compared to sharona. If you think a person is ugly because of the character she's given I feel sorry for both Natalie and you. I heard they fired Sharona because she asked for a raise. They sure gave Monk one but women still aren't equal, I guess.
trailer trash lover

Tarpon Springs, FL

#48 Nov 29, 2009
Is it true they fired Sharona because she asked for more money?
Michael Dee

Las Vegas, NV

#49 Dec 15, 2009
Sharona dress a lot sexier than Natalie. She has charisma & energy. Like some wise old man says a long time ago. If it aint broken why fix it? That's what wrong with society these days!!
adrian monk

United States

#50 Dec 18, 2009
I personally couldn't stand Sharona.
She was rude,self involved and acted/looked like white trash.
As others have stated,she was mean to monk continuously and drove him crazy.
He would never hire someone like that in his condition.
I like Natalie infinitely more,she has much more warmth and sincerity and brought the show much more heart.
She helped monk reach a more well adjusted end,and brought out a little more of his human side.
Sharon was always trashy and bitchy.
I don't want to see an hour of monk and her butting heads.
adrian monk

United States

#51 Dec 18, 2009
I know someone who worked on the show and the reason schram left was because breckman didn't think the relationship between monk and sharona was beneficial to the monks progress.
He felt that monk should grow and develop as the show progressed,and make progress.
Tony Shaloub had also remarked that he thinks the character of Natalie is allowed his character to grow emotionally.
I can't believe all these people on here trying to compare sharona and natalie,they are written entirely different and played by different actresses.
Traylor has really brought much more to the show than schram.
Sharona needs to relocate to sex in the city or some other trashy crap
adrian monk

United States

#52 Dec 18, 2009
By the way,the whole frizzy hair thing with sharona made me cringe.
Frizzy hair went out in the late 70's early 80's.
Bitty schram looked really slutty when she made her return in the last season of monk.
She had put on a LOT of weight and just looked like hell.
I honestly don't understand all these guys shooting their load over her.
She not an attractive woman.

Atlanta, GA

#54 Jan 3, 2010
Jayne, i STRONGLY disagree. i think natile adds so much raither than sharonna. Natile has so much more personality!
memorybabe Australia

Sydney, Australia

#56 Sep 9, 2010
Sharona was really hot! Natalie is pretty good but doesn't turn me on like her predecessor. Monk is still a great show with either of them.

Mexico, Mexico

#57 Sep 16, 2010
A poster above nailed it. Sharona had a stronger a personality and takes on a much more prominent role on the show, while Natalie is softer and lets Monk be the undivided center of attention.

Me, I prefer Natalie by a mile and a half. I prefer the softer touch of Natalie to the rougher one of Sharona. In fact, I don't think I much like the show with Sharona, with "You're bringing the Monk down, man" a notable exception.

United States

#58 Dec 7, 2010
Bitty left mutually because of creative difference in the shows character direction in season three.
Elmer da Fuddy Duddy

Rochester, NY

#59 Dec 8, 2010
Sharona is the type of woman you take to the bar to meet your buddies and drink.
Natalie is the type you take home to meet your family and have a nice dinner.

Monk became less OCD and more "normal" the longer he was with Natalie.
Those who say Natalie whines and moans about money and pay, must've forgotten that Sharona quit 2x over pay and even took another job. She just up and left Monk to be with her rotten ex-hubby. She even posed for nude pics at one time.

The writers didnt end Sharona just so Natalie could come in, Bitty quit over contract dispute.
Would you rather they brought in another actress to continue to be Sharona?
Just like Vivienne on Fresh Prince, Becky on Roseanne, Darrin Stevens and Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched, Lionel on Jeffersons, Chris on Partridge Family, Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace, Miss Ellie Ewing on Dallas, Griswold kids on Vacation movies, Dumbledore in the Harry Potter, Catwoman and Mr.Freeze on Batman TV show, John Boy on the Waltons.... finally on Monk - Trudy and Dale the Whlae played by many different actors
i miss sharona

Dallas, TX

#60 Jan 11, 2011
i really miss sharona!! natalie is good but she needs more humor aka spark!!! if i could pick from the four(sharona,benji,natalie,and julie) i would pick sharona and benji!!!! origanal charachters should STAY those characters!!!please come back sharona and benji!!! adrian monk would be better off with sharona!!!-i mis sharona!!!!!!!!!

Red Oak, IA

#61 Aug 7, 2011
Please bring Sharona back, I loved the interaction between her and Monk. At least she called him Adrian instead of Mr. Monk {!} Sharona was such a funny, warm character. The chemistry between them was classic comedy and it was just a shame the producers didn't realize it. I treasure the old Monk episodes- we could have had so many more good ones.

Since: Nov 11

Location hidden

#62 Nov 29, 2011
The logic of thinking a trailer trash, gum smacking, hooker looking, porn posing, Shrona was good for the show is beyond me. Two and a half years of episodes were ruined because of a nasty irritating character that made glass break when she spoke.

Apex, NC

#64 Dec 9, 2012
Shirona is gross, looks like crap and annoying, Natalie is ten times better. I did however really like Benji, especially when he saw the murder episode.

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