Today Emmy Rossum announced that she will be leaving "Shameless" after playing Fiona Gallagher for nine seasons and more than 100 episodes. In her lengthy statement, she said that the cast, writers, and crew have become her family but she didn't specify why she's leaving the popular show.
"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."
It'll be interesting to see where the "Shameless" storyline goes without Rossum, since her character has been a staple throughout the last seven years. As the eldest child, Fiona was the glue that kept the family together. But, Rossum says there are stories to be told without her.
"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."
Warner Bros. Television also released a statement about Rossum's departure.
“For eight years and more than 100 episodes, Emmy Rossum has delivered a deeply honest, authentic and unflinching portrayal of Fiona Gallagher, one of television’s great characters. We wish her all the best as she explores the next chapter in her career. But before that, we are excited for fans of Shameless to see Emmy and the entire ensemble cast continue the adventures of the Gallagher family in the show’s upcoming ninth season.”
Read both of their full statement below.