To those who didn’t know any better, Delta’s behavior appeared increasingly erratic and even aggressive. For Delta, however, the feelings of inadequacy and all the attention being on her from her time as a pageant star had come back, doubled, and redoubled thanks to the cameras broadcasting her image everywhere.
Unfortunately, instead of explaining how the pressure was affecting her, Delta clammed up and tried to fight through it on her own. By the time she had won the battle, her career was almost over, and most of her relationships were in shambles. Her time on “Designing Woman,” to be sure, was about to end.
He Knew a Good Thing When He Saw It
McRaney, who is now past seventy, explained in an interview that he wasn't going to let her get away. He had plenty of competition — a beauty queen who was on her way to becoming a successful actress had plenty of people asking her out on dates. But McRaney wasn't interested in dates — he was ready to move in.
Despite the advice of friends telling him not to marry an actress, he decided someone who also worked in the acting biz would understand why he couldn't call until 2 A.M. on some days. The same year McRaney divorced Moran, he and Delta married.
No Witnesses to the Renewal
Delta badly managed her relationships with the producers and the rest of the cast on “Designing Women.” No event portrays that better than when she and Gerald McRaney held a vow renewal ceremony.
At their wedding two years previous, the happy couple had plenty of guests, including almost everyone from the show, cast and crew included. When they decided to renew their vows to each other, however, no one from the show showed up. It wasn't just Dixie Carter that Delta had pushed away — none of her old friends and coworkers made it to the ceremony. This did nothing to how Delta felt, unfortunately.
Tensions Continued to Rise
Delta Burke clearly wanted out of the show for any number of reasons, but Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the lead writer and creator of the show, didn't write her out. At least, not until the very last episode of the sixth season.
Thomason had always planned to write her out but wanted to do it on her own terms and not Delta's. Rather than write her out gradually, the producers realized they needed Delta's character far more than she needed them, and so she was a full-time member of the team until she became too troublesome to handle. Once that happened, she was gone in the blink of an eye.
From what information the show divulged, the reason for Delta's departure was her attitude on the set. The producers said that she was far too argumentative, and her big personality was creating disorder with the rest of the cast and the crew.
There were clearly other reasons why Delta left. While they were not part of the official release, they were clearly other parts of the issue. One of the other possible reasons was that over the years on the show, Delta had gained a considerable amount of weight, and there were some whispers that part of the reason the show had dropped her was that the producers didn't like the way she looked anymore.