For eight seasons, Emmy Rossum has portrayed Fiona Gallagher, the eldest of the Gallagher children on the Showtime series Shameless. In that time, Rossum has become a veteran television actress, and famously fought for (and won) to be paid the same as her leading male costar. But now, the actress has announced that the upcoming ninth season will be her last, and her reason is totally understandable.
An anonymous source told E! News that Rossum’s departure from the show was completely amicable, and she just felt it was time to pursue other roles, specifically in film. The source noted that Rossum didn’t expect the show to run for as long as it has, nor did she plan to ever leave before the series finale, but it felt like time.
Rossum officially announced her decision to leave Shameless in an August 3oth Facebook post. She wrote that, as an only child in real life, she cherished the close bonds she formed with her fellow cast members over the past eight years.
In the post, Rossum also reflected on how grateful she was to have played Fiona.
Shameless creator and showrunner John Wells thanked Rossum for her work in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter:
Shameless Season 9 will return on September 9th. While we’re sad to see Rossum go, we can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.