Emmy Rossum announced her decision to leave Showtime’s Shameless in an open letter on her Facebook.
Shameless is based on the hit UK show of the same name that ran for 11 season on Channel 4. In an excerpt from her letter Rossum said:
“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.”
Rossum renewed her deal to star in the show in 2016 after a salary dispute with Warner Bros. Television, which produces “Shameless,” spilled into public.
Gary Levine, Head of Programming At Showtime released the following statement:
“We were saddened when Emmy Rossum let us know that the upcoming ninth season of ‘Shameless’ would be her last but we are filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude for Emmy’s inspired work on our series, of course in front of the camera but also behind it. Fiona Gallagher will always be one of Showtime’s iconic characters, and we applaud Emmy for bringing this character to life in such a natural, touching and fearless performance. On behalf of everyone at Showtime and her millions of fans, we thank you Emmy!”
Shameless returns for its ninth season on Sept. 9.