Jennifer Morrison Announces She Is Leaving ‘Once Upon A Time’

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Get ready to say goodbye to one of your favorite Storybrooke residents: Jennifer Morrison is leaving Once Upon a Time.

The actress took to Instagram today (May 8) to announce that she is exiting the drama after the current season wraps up.

“As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on Once Upon a Time, I was faced with a significant decision,” Morrison, who plays one of the show’s central characters, Emma Swan, wrote. “ABC, [showrunners] Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on.”

While Kitsis and Horowitz had previously teased that the season 6 finale would wrap up a number of story lines, few expected that Morrison’s would be among them.

 

As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on. Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show. I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan. As I move on to other creative endeavors, I will continue to attend the fan conventions whenever my professional schedule allows. I always look forward meeting the fans. If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch ONCE UPON A TIME. The creativity of the show runners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show. #Onceuponatime #EmmaSwan #UglyDucklings

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“Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played,” Morrison wrote. “My 6 years on Once Upon a Time has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show. I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan.

Morrison may be leaving the show, but she’s not hanging up her Emma Swan costume just yet.

The actress confirmed that if Once Upon a Time is renewed for season 7, she has agreed to appear in one episode. She also said she plans to continue attending fan conventions whenever her professional schedule allows.

“The creativity of the show runners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show,” wrote Morrison.

What do you think about this departure Once Upon a Time fans? Will you watch if the show is renewed for season 7?

(H/T HollywoodLife.com)

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