Last week, fans of USA's legal drama "Suits" were subjected to the loss of one of the show's most beloved characters. After it was revealed that Donna had shredded a valuable memo and placed the firm in a threatened position, Jessica was forced to fire Donna, and there was nothing Harvey could do. The look on Donna's face when Jessica broke the news is one that fans of the show won't soon forget.
Sadly, Donna isn't the only beloved TV character that fans have seen get fired over the years. Here are some other characters who were fired during devastating TV scenes.
Salvatore Romano, "Mad Men"
There is perhaps no other TV character in recent memory who suffered as unjust a firing as Sal Romano. While simply trying to do his job, Sal had to fend off the sexual advances of a very drunk Lee Garner Jr. When Sal refused, an embarrassed (and closeted) Lee forced Sterling Cooper to fire Sal, despite the fact that poor Sal had done nothing wrong. The scene where Sal calls home to his wife to tell her that he'll be late is exquisitely painful.
Ben Wyatt, "Parks and Rec"
After it became public knowledge that Leslie and Ben bribed a maintenance worker, Leslie is terrified that she might be fired. But Ben, who is completely devoted to her, actually self-terminates his position in order to save her job. He may have, in essence, fired himself, but that doesn't make his sacrifice any less heartbreaking.
Will Schuester, "Glee"
Will's firing may have only lasted for a single episode, but fans were still deeply concerned when Sue fired Mr. Schuester in the episode "The Substitute." Thankfully, the replacement teacher makes Sue even crazier than Will, and he's back by the end of the episode.
Pam Beesly, "The Office"
On the very first episode of the American version of "The Office," Pam gets fired. Of course, it's just Michael "fake firing" her … but Pam doesn't realize that at first. She breaks down crying, and it's very moving … and she gets pretty upset when Michael says he was just kidding.
Vito Spatafore Sr., "The Sopranos"
In the show's fourth season, Vito was promoted to capo of the Aprile Crew. However, he had a dark secret: he was a closeted homosexual, which put him in direct conflict with other members of the mob that he worked with. In the world of "The Sopranos," when you get fired, you're probably going to get fired upon. However, Vito's "firing" was far more brutal than a clean shooting, as he was bludgeoned to death and assaulted.