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Emmy Rossum Exits Her Star Role As ‘Fiona’ On Shameless

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Saying goodbye to Fiona Gallagher. Emmy Rossum shared a long statement on Facebook on Thursday, August 30, to reveal that she’s leaving Shameless. Sharing a photo with the cast, she got emotional, writing that it’s hard to put all her feelings into words.

“This business is always an adventure, full of travel and opportunities to tell stories. Usually as an actor, every few months, you travel to a new place, start a new project, build a new character, learn new rhythms, new inside jokes with your crew, make new friends,” the 31-year-old wrote. “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.”

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Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher in Shameless Courtesy of Cliff Lipson/SHOWTIME

She added that the cast has only become a family over the past eight years and that playing Fiona “has been a gift.”

“Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become truly good at something. To become world class. Well by my calculation, 100 episodes, 7 days per episode (plus Chicago weeks), 12 hour days, we’re just at about 10,000 hours. So I guess we’re finally good at this. I can say for certain that this cast and crew, who I’ve been have truly honored to work alongside, are world class. I am proud and I’m filled with gratitude,” she wrapped up. “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.”

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The cast of Shameless Courtesy of SHOWTIME

John Wells, Shameless executive producer and showrunner released the following statement following the announcement: “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.”

The actress is married to Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot. Oddly enough, one day prior on Wednesday, August 30, Esmail announced that after season 4, the USA drama would also be ending.

In 2016, Rossum made headlines when she demanded to be paid the same as her costar William H. Macy for the series. An insider told Variety at the time that she had actually asked for more money than Macy to “make up for previous seasons where she was making significantly less than him.” She eventually settled the pay disparity, signing on for season 8, with Macy telling multiple outlets that she deserved the same pay.

Season 9 of Shameless premieres on Showtime Sunday, September 9, at 9 p.m. ET.