The critically-acclaimed show Shameless is losing one of its main stars; Emmy Rossum has abruptly announced that she will be leaving the series after nine seasons. In a video posted to Facebook, the actress stated that the last eight years have been “the best of my life.”

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“The opportunity to play Fiona has been a gift. There are few characters — female or otherwise — as layered and dynamic. She is a mother lion, fierce, flawed and sexually liberated,” she also said. “She is injured, vulnerable, but will never give up. She is living in an economic depression, but refuses to be depressed. She is resourceful. She is loyal. She is brave.”

“I knew it the second I read the pilot script, this was different, this was special. I tirelessly prepped the audition with my coach Terry Knickerbocker. I walked to the appointment in the rain so I looked disheveled,” Rossum added, recalling when she first took on the role. “During my third audition, when I got the part IN the room, I literally jumped up and down screaming in joyous relief and disbelief.”

While Rossum was sad, she expressed that the show will go on without her.

We are not aware of how the character will be written out of the show or if there will be a replacement. We are also not entirely aware of why the actress is leaving the show, but after nine years, maybe it is time for Rossum to look for other opportunities.

Sons of Anarchy’s Kate Sagal has been added to the show’s cast, so perhaps this was intentionally done since now Rossum is exiting.

For more information on Terry Knickerbocker, please visit the link here.

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