So the story is that originally Harry Kim was going to be killed off at the end of season 3, but instead Kes was ultimately removed from the show. I've always been baffled as to why Neelix wasn't the obvious choice to be replaced with the coming of Seven of Nine. First, it was no secret that he wasn't popular among fandom. He often came at or near the bottom in polls in online communities and sites. His character was considered annoying and overly jealous and possessive toward Kes. Secondly, his character was struggling to find direction. The relationship with Kes had ended, and as "Fair Trade" showed, his usefulness as a guide was coming to an end. And as season 7 would show, he didn't really fit in to a "Voyager comes home" storyline since he wasn't from the Alpha Quadrant. It would have made perfect sense to drop him off somewhere at the end of season 3, maybe with some Talaxians as they eventually would. And yet, as much sense as this would have made, the two candidates for removal were Kim and Kes. This isn't meant to be a "bash Neelix" thread, and I think his character improved in the later seasons, once they found a suitable role for him and he was no longer defined as "Kes' jealous bf," but still, he would have seemed to me to be the obvious choice for writing out of the show, not Kim or Kes.