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Emmy Rossum Stuns Fans, Announces Departure From Shameless

Emmy Rossum appears to be moving on.

The veteran actress, who has portrayed the main character of Fiona on Showtime’s Shameless since the very beginning of this mega hit, shared a lengthy post on Facebook today.

And it certainly makes it sound as if Rossum’s time on the series has come to an end.

“The opportunity to play Fiona has been a gift,” Rossum writes in one section of her message, continuing as follows:

“There are few characters – female or otherwise – as layered and dynamic. She is a mother lion, fierce, flawed and sexually liberated.

“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. … Quite simply, the last eight years have been the best of my life.”

Including with her post a photo of many cast and crew member, Rossum made a point to single them out toward the end of her message, writing:

“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.”

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Shameless Season 9 premieres on Sunday, September 9 on Showtime.

It will be comprised of 14 episodes, as opposed to the typical 12, and divided into two parts; part two will debut on January 20, 2019 and include the show’s 100th installment.

Without coming specifically out and confirming her depature in exact words, Rossum – who made headlines recently for slamming Kim Kardashian and for publicizing her weight – concluded her post like this:

“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.”

The Golden Globe-nominated actress did not announce what she’ll be doing next.

And Showtime has not yet commented on this surprising piece of news.

But we’ve posted Rossum’s entire Facebook post on the subject below and we’ll let Shameless fans read it for themselves:

It’s hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I’m going to try.

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.

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.

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.

This kind of stability, this family, has nurtured me and made feel safe enough to stretch and grow creatively.

The way John Wells has shepherded me as an actress, and more recently how he’s encouraged me wholeheartedly as a director and a writer, has been an honor and a privilege.

We have made over 100 hours of television. That’s no small feat.

There’s a new study that says it takes 100 hours to become friends with someone. The Gallaghers have been in people’s living rooms for 100 hours. So, it makes sense.

We can feel your connection to us, to these characters.

In the airport, in restaurants, on the street, when people call out “Hi Fiona” “Oh my god, it’s Lip” or “Screw you Frank!”… it feels good.

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 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.

During my third audition, when I got the part IN the room, I literally jumped up and down screaming in joyous relief and disbelief.

Quite simply, the last eight years have been the best of my life.

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.

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.

With love, always.

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Showtime Confirms: Yes, Emmy Rossum is Leaving Shameless

For Emmy Rossum, all good things must come to an end. 

In fact, one incredible thing already has:

The actress is finished filming Shameless.

In a stunning Facebook post Rossum shared on Thursday afternoon, the Golden Globe nominee explained her decision to leave this Showtime hit after nine seasons.

(Season 9, which will be comprised of two halves and 14 episodes, premieres on Sunday, September 9.)

Rossum thanked the cast and thanked the crew and said she knew the moment she read the first script that she wanted to play a woman as “resourceful, loyal and brave” as Fiona Gallagher.

“The opportunity to play Fiona has been a gift,” Rossum wrote, adding:

“There are few characters – female or otherwise – as layered and dynamic.

“She is a mother lion, fierce, flawed and sexually liberated. 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…

“Quite simply, the last eight years have been the best of my life.”

Technically, Rossum did not come directly out and say she was done with the series — but now Showtime has done that for her.

“We were saddened when Emmy Rossum let us know that the upcoming ninth season of Shameless would be her last,” Showtime Networks President of Programming Gary Levine said in a statement this evening.

He added:

“But we are filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude for Emmy’s inspired work on our series, of course in front of the camera but also behind it.

“Fiona Gallagher will always be one of Showtime’s iconic characters, and we applaud Emmy for bringing this character to life in such a natural, touching and fearless performance.

“On behalf of everyone at Showtime and her millions of fans, we thank you Emmy!”

Fiona basically served as the matriarch of the Gallagher household, due to the drinking problems and general behavioral problems of William H. Macy’s Frank.

As for why Rossum made this decision, she said the following to Entertainment Weekly in a follow-up interview:

I will never be saying goodbye to Fiona.

Fiona is a part of me and has been like every character is a part of you and you are a little bit part of them.

My Shameless family is really my second family and I’ve spent so much time with them – 10,000 hours – that it really feels like we’ve all grown up together.

I started on the show when I was 23 and now I’m not. [Laughs.] And it’s a wonderful, wonderful amount of time and I feel incredibly proud of everything we have created.

I’m just filled with gratitude for everyone’s hard work.

It sounds like it was simply time for Rossum to leave.

Nine seasons and 100-plus episodes is a very long time on a series, especially when you’re the lead.

This is how Rossum wrapped up her emotional Facebook post:

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.

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.

With love, always.

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