Guy Gardener wrote:
Well they brought John Savage in to scare Mulgrew and at any point the Doctor could hav been replaced by anyone, hells they could have brought Jeri into to replace Picardo rather than sweet little Jennifer.
Picardo is the most famous face on the show.
If you didn't know him from his films like "Total Recall, Gremilins 2, Small Soldiers & The Howling". Then the other half knew him from his even better TV career "The Wonder Years, China Beach".
Voyager needed Picardo far more than he needed them.