Producers Planned To Replace Topher Grace With Josh Meyers
The producers originally wanted to have another actor play Eric following Grace’s departure after Season 7. They hired Josh Meyers (Seth Meyer’s brother) to portray Eric for Season 8. However, they decided against the idea and claimed that Eric left to study abroad. Producers had Meyers play Randy, a new friend for the show’s crew. However, Randy never really gelled with fans of the sitcom.