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Emmy Rossum Announces She’s Leaving ‘Shameless’

After 8 years and more than 100 episodes, Emmy Rossum announces her departure from “Shameless.” Get the scoop.

Emmy Rossum Announces She's Leaving 'Shameless'

Emmy Rossum is putting a condo on her wrist and cashing out on “Shameless.”

The actress took to Facebook on Thursday and wrote a “Dear John” letter to the fans of the show where she expressed her gratitude for the stability the show has given her over the past 8 years.

Until ‘Shameless’ came into my life 8 years ago, I led that kind of transient wonderful life of an actor. And I never realized how much I actually craved the kind of continuity that this show has given me. And given all of us in the crew.

Season after season I’m amazed that our same crew comes back. And it’s not just because it’s a wonderfully written, wonderfully layered show. There are these real connections, real friendships that bring us back season after season after season.

Emmy went on to share how different she is from her character, “Fiona.”

See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I’m an only child. I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I’d always dreamed of. But even off set, it feels real. We’ve watched the kids grow up into the strong, talented, independent human beings that they are.

I taught Emma to shave her legs. I was there when Ethan learned to drive. Shanola and Jeremy and Joan and Bill danced at my wedding in New York last year. Our fearless leader John Wells thankfully held Sam and me up on those rickety chairs during the hora. I’ve spent the Jewish holy days in temple with David Nevins and his wonderful wife and kids. It really feels like a family.

In closing, Emmy Rossum told fans to just think of her as “moving down the block” rather than her leaving the show.

I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.

Read her full post below.

 

 

Executive producer and showrunner John Wells released the following statement:

Emmy Rossum will forever be part of the Shameless family. She has been integral to the show’s success, from her wonderful portrayal of Fiona to her leadership role on set, as well as directing multiple episodes of the series.

We are hard at work now creating a season nine finale for Shameless which we hope will provide a Gallagher-worthy sendoff for Fiona that honors the great work Emmy has done. It is always bittersweet when an ensemble member decides to move out of the proverbial house, but our door will always remain open for Fiona to return home for a visit, or to move back in.

I look forward to continuing the stories of this wildly unpredictable family and all of us on ‘Shameless’ will miss Emmy and her wonderful Fiona.

I’m going to miss Fiona’s unstable behind, the show won’t be the same without her.

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