‘Shameless’ Mid-season Finale: Goodbye To All That

Tonight’s mid-season finale of Showtime’s Shameless was all about goodbyes – and not just until the season picks up again.
WARNING:  This article contains spoilers on the mid-season finale of Shameless. Proceed at your own risk……

Tonight’s mid-season finale of Showtime’s Shameless was all about goodbyes – and not just until the season picks up again. WARNING:  This article contains spoilers on the mid-season finale of Shameless. Proceed at your own risk…. The year was 2010. Barack Obama was finishing his first term as the nation dug out of the worst recession since the 1920s. Apple unveiled the iPad, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil pipeline exploded in the Gulf, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was…

Cameron Monaghan Says He Is Also Leaving ‘Shameless’

It’s time to say goodbye to another Gallagher.

“Shameless” star Cameron Monaghan announced on Monday that he is leaving the show after 10 years as a series regular.

“The next episode will be my last,” Monaghan wrote in an Instagram post. “I have known since last year, but I didn’t want to give it away too early as I wanted this season to be a surprise for the audience, allowing them to experience Ian’s unsure journey with his character.”

Also Read: William H Macy Says ‘Shameless’ Cast Has ‘Been Expecting’ Co-Star Emmy Rossum’s Exit

“All good things come to an end. An old cliche, but one that rings true with a sincerity and clarity especially in moments like these,” his post continued. “Everything ends.” He added that the role of Ian Clayton Gallagher has been a “joy to inhabit, a wild and special ride, and I’d like to thank #Shameless as well as you, the viewers, for being there with him.”

“I was very lucky to mature and grow with this show. Experiencing so many firsts, maturing as an actor, a professional, and a human,” he continued. “In the process gaining friends, family, and the best coworkers a very lucky actor could ask for, and for this I can be nothing but gracious.”

Showtime did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Monaghan’s exit.

Also Read: Emmy Rossum Is Leaving ‘Shameless’ After 9 Seasons

In August, star Emmy Rossum also revealed that Season 9 will be her last on the Showtime drama.

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” the star wrote in a long open letter on her official Facebook page. “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.”

See Monaghan’s Instagram post below.

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I have been a series regular on this show for roughly ten years. I was the tender age of fifteen when we shot the pilot, and I came of age in so many ways, both legally and personally. I was very lucky to mature and grow with this show. Experiencing so many firsts, maturing as an actor, a professional, and a human. In the process gaining friends, family, and the best coworkers a very lucky actor could ask for, and for this I can be nothing but gracious. All good things come to an end. An old cliche, but one that rings true with a sincerity and clarity especially in moments like these. Everything ends. The next episode will be my last. I have known since last year, but I didn’t want to give it away too early as I wanted this season to be a surprise for the audience, allowing them to experience Ian’s unsure journey with his character. This role has been a joy to inhabit, a wild and special ride, and I’d like to thank #Shameless as well as you, the viewers, for being there with him. Goodbye, Ian Clayton Gallagher. We’ll meet again?

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“Shameless” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime. 

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Emmy Rossum Is Leaving ‘Shameless’ After 9 Seasons

It’s time to say goodbye to another Gallagher.

“Shameless” star Cameron Monaghan announced on Monday that he is leaving the show after 10 years as a series regular.

“The next episode will be my last,” Monaghan wrote in an Instagram post. “I have known since last year, but I didn’t want to give it away too early as I wanted this season to be a surprise for the audience, allowing them to experience Ian’s unsure journey with his character.”

“All good things come to an end. An old cliche, but one that rings true with a sincerity and clarity especially in moments like these,” his post continued. “Everything ends.” He added that the role of Ian Clayton Gallagher has been a “joy to inhabit, a wild and special ride, and I’d like to thank #Shameless as well as you, the viewers, for being there with him.”

“I was very lucky to mature and grow with this show. Experiencing so many firsts, maturing as an actor, a professional, and a human,” he continued. “In the process gaining friends, family, and the best coworkers a very lucky actor could ask for, and for this I can be nothing but gracious.”

Showtime did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Monaghan’s exit.

In August, star Emmy Rossum also revealed that Season 9 will be her last on the Showtime drama.

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” the star wrote in a long open letter on her official Facebook page. “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.”

See Monaghan’s Instagram post below.

View this post on Instagram

I have been a series regular on this show for roughly ten years. I was the tender age of fifteen when we shot the pilot, and I came of age in so many ways, both legally and personally. I was very lucky to mature and grow with this show. Experiencing so many firsts, maturing as an actor, a professional, and a human. In the process gaining friends, family, and the best coworkers a very lucky actor could ask for, and for this I can be nothing but gracious. All good things come to an end. An old cliche, but one that rings true with a sincerity and clarity especially in moments like these. Everything ends. The next episode will be my last. I have known since last year, but I didn’t want to give it away too early as I wanted this season to be a surprise for the audience, allowing them to experience Ian’s unsure journey with his character. This role has been a joy to inhabit, a wild and special ride, and I’d like to thank #Shameless as well as you, the viewers, for being there with him. Goodbye, Ian Clayton Gallagher. We’ll meet again?

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“Shameless” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime. 

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Just over a month after Emmy Rossum revealed she would be leaving Shameless at the end of the current ninth season, Cameron Monaghan, who plays Ian Gallagher on the hit Showtime series, announced he too is exiting. Monaghan penned an emotional thank yo…

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‘Shameless’ Ratings Slip in Season 9 Premiere, ‘Kidding’ Gets Solid Start in Showtime Debut

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‘Shameless’ Ratings Slip In Season 9 Premiere, Still Potent; ‘Kidding’ Debut OK

Showtime’s flagship series Shameless opened its ninth season — and last with co-lead Emmy Rossum — on Sunday with 1.31 million viewers for its 9 PM premiere telecast. While that was down from the dramedy’s Season 8 debut (1.86 m…

Showtime’s flagship series Shameless opened its ninth season — and last with co-lead Emmy Rossum — on Sunday with 1.31 million viewers for its 9 PM premiere telecast. While that was down from the dramedy’s Season 8 debut (1.86 million), it was higher than its Season 7 opener (1.24 million) and than any other recent Showtime season/series premieres. The network used its biggest hit to launch its high-profile new dark comedy series Kidding, which marks Jim Carrey’s return…

‘Shameless’: Jess Gabor & Luis Guzmán To Recur In Season 9

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‘Shameless’ Star Jeremy Allen White Addresses Emmy Rossum’s Exit: ‘It’s Very Sad’

Fans of “Shameless” aren’t the only people saddened by Emmy Rossum’s departure from the Showtime series. “It’s very sad,” co-star Jeremy Allen White told Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the Toronto Film Festival…

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William H. Macy On Emmy Rossum’s ‘Shameless’ Exit: “We’ve Been Expecting It”

Earlier this week Shameless fans were dealt some surprising news when Showtime and executive producer and showrunner John Wells dropped the bomb that Emmy Rossum was leaving the show after nine seasons. Her TV father, William H. Macy has come forward t…

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William H Macy Says ‘Shameless’ Cast Has ‘Been Expecting’ Co-Star Emmy Rossum’s Exit

You might have been surprised when Emmy Rossum announced Thursday she is leaving “Shameless” after its upcoming ninth season — but William H. Macy wasn’t.

“We’ve been expecting it,” Macy said of Rossum — who plays his daughter, Fiona Gallagher, on the Showtime series — in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Friday. “I tell you, when you get to season 9 and you think of [whether] to keep going, it’s daunting. It’s hard not to think of: ‘What would my life be post-‘Shameless’?’ And part of it is very frightening and part of it is very exciting. She’s young and I think she’s made the right choice. She’s got another show that she’s an executive producer on, so she’s going right into something and she wants to branch out. Plus, she just got married. I wish her well. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next.”

Rossum revealed she was walking away from “Shameless” after nine seasons on the Showtime series in an open letter Thursday.

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“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” Rossum wrote. “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.”

Per her post, Rossum believes the show can carry on without her — and Macy agrees.

“Totally. It’s a well conceived show from the outset. It’s a perfect number of characters, especially with Kev and V,” Macy told EW. “And the other genius thing about it is that there are kids and they’ve been growing up and as they grow up it opens up a brand new world of plot possibilities. My character is a little bit more problematical, because I’m playing a character that by definition doesn’t change. But they’ve done a magnificent job of figuring out where to go with this thing — and it’s exciting.”

“Shameless” Season 9 premieres Sept. 9 at 9/8c on Showtime.

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You might have been surprised when Emmy Rossum announced Thursday she is leaving “Shameless” after its upcoming ninth season — but William H. Macy wasn’t.

“We’ve been expecting it,” Macy said of Rossum — who plays his daughter, Fiona Gallagher, on the Showtime series — in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Friday. “I tell you, when you get to season 9 and you think of [whether] to keep going, it’s daunting. It’s hard not to think of: ‘What would my life be post-‘Shameless’?’ And part of it is very frightening and part of it is very exciting. She’s young and I think she’s made the right choice. She’s got another show that she’s an executive producer on, so she’s going right into something and she wants to branch out. Plus, she just got married. I wish her well. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next.”

Rossum revealed she was walking away from “Shameless” after nine seasons on the Showtime series in an open letter Thursday.

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” Rossum wrote. “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.”

Per her post, Rossum believes the show can carry on without her — and Macy agrees.

“Totally. It’s a well conceived show from the outset. It’s a perfect number of characters, especially with Kev and V,” Macy told EW. “And the other genius thing about it is that there are kids and they’ve been growing up and as they grow up it opens up a brand new world of plot possibilities. My character is a little bit more problematical, because I’m playing a character that by definition doesn’t change. But they’ve done a magnificent job of figuring out where to go with this thing — and it’s exciting.”

“Shameless” Season 9 premieres Sept. 9 at 9/8c on Showtime.

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‘Shameless’ Fans Bemoan Emmy Rossum’s Exit: ‘It Won’t Work Without Her’

The news that “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum will leave the Showtime drama after its ninth season has hit some fans hard. Like, really hard.

After Rossum announced her exit in an emotional Facebook post, her name quickly shot to the top trend on Twitter, where fans took to bemoan the loss of Fiona Gallagher.

“Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless… they might as well end it with her last episode. It won’t work without her,” one fan tweeted shortly after the news broke.

Also Read: Emmy Rossum Is Leaving ‘Shameless’ After 9 Seasons

Another fan’s day was ruined after hearing about the actress’ decision: “Just heard that Emmy Rossum isn’t returning to Shameless and I’m pretty upset about it not gunna lie.. not the kind of news I needed to hear today.”

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” Rossum said in her post. “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.”

“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. “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.”

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“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!” Levine added.

Here’s more from sad Rossum fans:

Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless… they might as well end it with her last episode. It won’t work without her.

— ☆ BLUE (@wandattheready) August 30, 2018

emmy rossum played fiona AMAZINGLY the WHOLE time whilst she was on the show, we’re grateful we got her for 9 seasons because she’s a brilliant actress and hopefully she goes on to do more amazing things in the futurr

— blaine (@yyxyshawnies) August 30, 2018

emmy rossum leaving shameless is just like jessica lange leaving ahs and suddenly the show isn’t worth watching anymore

— grace (@silvrscreens) August 30, 2018

emmy rossum is really leaving shameless after this season. no more fiona gallagher pic.twitter.com/MxuhUd3NZd

— QUEEN (@BANKONREIGNS) August 30, 2018

Well Emmy Rossum is leaving shameless so I guess that shows over after this season

— The Meg (@doownagem) August 30, 2018

Emmy Rossum leaving Shameless… Those Gallagher kids are definitely gonna go off the rails now.

— Christine Jones (@cjoness92) August 30, 2018

Just heard that Emmy Rossum isn’t returning to Shameless and I’m pretty upset about it not gunna lie.. not the kind of news I needed to hear today ????????????

— Ka_Tie (@katiebraziL13) August 30, 2018

Emmy Rossum announcing that she’s leaving ‘Shameless’ after 9 seasons just broke my heart a little. No more Fiona Gallagher. Ugh! pic.twitter.com/Ov76b9zW5y

— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 30, 2018

Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher was one the of best characters I’ve ever witnessed on a television screen. I will truly miss her acting and everything her character stood for.

— Austin Resnick (@AustResnick) August 30, 2018

Emmy Rossum’s departure from #Shameless means it’s likely THE BEGINNING OF THE END!

— Spencer Karter (@SpencerKarter) August 30, 2018

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The news that “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum will leave the Showtime drama after its ninth season has hit some fans hard. Like, really hard.

After Rossum announced her exit in an emotional Facebook post, her name quickly shot to the top trend on Twitter, where fans took to bemoan the loss of Fiona Gallagher.

“Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless… they might as well end it with her last episode. It won’t work without her,” one fan tweeted shortly after the news broke.

Another fan’s day was ruined after hearing about the actress’ decision: “Just heard that Emmy Rossum isn’t returning to Shameless and I’m pretty upset about it not gunna lie.. not the kind of news I needed to hear today.”

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” Rossum said in her post. “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.”

“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. “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!” Levine added.

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Emmy Rossum’s ‘Shameless’ Exit Confirmed By Showtime; Will Depart After Season 9

It’s official. Showtime and producer Warner Bros. TV have confirmed Emmy Rossum will exit Shameless after the upcoming ninth season.
“Emmy Rossum will forever be part of the Shameless family, said Shameless executive producer and showrunner John …

It’s official. Showtime and producer Warner Bros. TV have confirmed Emmy Rossum will exit Shameless after the upcoming ninth season. "Emmy Rossum will forever be part of the Shameless family, said Shameless executive producer and showrunner John Wells. “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…

Emmy Rossum Hints She’s Leaving ‘Shameless’ In Emotional Letter To Fans

It appears Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless after the upcoming ninth season.
In a lengthy emotional letter to fans on Facebook, Rossum, who has played Fiona Gallagher since the Showtime series’ launch in 2011, writes “It’s hard thing to put into …

It appears Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless after the upcoming ninth season. In a lengthy emotional letter to fans on Facebook, Rossum, who has played Fiona Gallagher since the Showtime series’ launch in 2011, writes "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…

Emmy Rossum Says Goodbye to ‘Shameless’ In Emotional Letter

Less than two years after successfully lobbying for equal pay, the actress indicated she is leaving the Showtime series.

After winning a highly-publicized battle for equal pay with co-star William H. Macy in 2016, Emmy Rossum is leaving “Shameless” after nine seasons. In an emotional post made on her Facebook page, she compared the cast and crew of the Showtime series to a family, and said the opportunity to play Fiona Gallagher had been a gift. As daughter to Macy’s eccentric alcoholic deadbeat dad, Frank, Fiona anchored the entire Gallagher brood — as well as the series. Her absence will be felt deeply, and may jeopardize the future of the series.

“There are few characters — female or otherwise — as layered and dynamic,” wrote Rossum. “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.”

In December of 2016, Rossum made headlines for successfully lobbying for a higher salary per episode than her Emmy-nominated co-star, citing that she had more screen time and thus longer hours on set. Macy supported Rossum, saying at the time: “She works as hard as I do. She deserves everything.”

Read Rossum’s full statement below.

Update: Showtime confirmed Rossum’s announcement Thursday afternoon, issuing the following statement from programming head Gary Levine: “We were saddened when Emmy Rossum let us know that the upcoming ninth season of ‘Shameless’ would be her last. 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!”

Emmy Rossum Is Leaving ‘Shameless’ After 9 Seasons

UPDATE 12:36 PM: Showtime released a statement confirming Rossum’s exit from “Shameless.”

Emmy Rossum is walking away from “Shameless” after nine seasons on the Showtime series.

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” the star wrote in a long open letter, which was posted to her official Facebook page Thursday. “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.”

“Emmy Rossum will forever be part of the Shameless family,” “Shameless” executive producer and showrunner John Wells said in a statement later Thursday.

“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,” Wells continued. “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.”

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In 2016, Rossum was involved in a pay dispute with Showtime, after demanding the same salary as co-star William H. Macy. However, the actress still agreed to return to the show ahead of its eighth season. Rossum’s parity issues with the premium cable network were said to be the reason a Season 8 renewal was delayed.

Showtime Networks President of Programming Gary Levine added Thursday: “We were saddened when Emmy Rossum let us know that the upcoming ninth season of ‘Shameless’ would be her last. 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!”

“It’s a hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I’m going to try,” Rossum began her post Thursday.

Also Read: Emmy Rossum Confirms Return to ‘Shameless’ After Pay Dispute

“This business is always an adventure, full of travel and opportunities to tell stories,” the actress continued. “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,” Rossum added. “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.”

“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,” studio Warner Bros. Television said in their own statement Thursday. “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.”

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Representatives for Rossum did not immediately return TheWrap‘s request.

See Rossum’s open letter in its entirety below.

“Shameless” Season 9 premieres Sept. 9 at 9/8c on Showtime.

It’s a hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I’m going to try.This business is always an adventure, full of…

Posted by Emmy Rossum on Thursday, August 30, 2018

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UPDATE 12:36 PM: Showtime released a statement confirming Rossum’s exit from “Shameless.”

Emmy Rossum is walking away from “Shameless” after nine seasons on the Showtime series.

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” the star wrote in a long open letter, which was posted to her official Facebook page Thursday. “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.”

“Emmy Rossum will forever be part of the Shameless family,” “Shameless” executive producer and showrunner John Wells said in a statement later Thursday.

“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,” Wells continued. “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.”

In 2016, Rossum was involved in a pay dispute with Showtime, after demanding the same salary as co-star William H. Macy. However, the actress still agreed to return to the show ahead of its eighth season. Rossum’s parity issues with the premium cable network were said to be the reason a Season 8 renewal was delayed.

Showtime Networks President of Programming Gary Levine added Thursday: “We were saddened when Emmy Rossum let us know that the upcoming ninth season of ‘Shameless’ would be her last. 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!”

“It’s a hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I’m going to try,” Rossum began her post Thursday.

“This business is always an adventure, full of travel and opportunities to tell stories,” the actress continued. “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,” Rossum added. “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.”

“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,” studio Warner Bros. Television said in their own statement Thursday. “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.”

Representatives for Rossum did not immediately return TheWrap‘s request.

See Rossum’s open letter in its entirety below.

“Shameless” Season 9 premieres Sept. 9 at 9/8c on Showtime.

It’s a hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I’m going to try.This business is always an adventure, full of…

Posted by Emmy Rossum on Thursday, August 30, 2018

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It’s now Showtime’s longest-running scripted series.

Showtime has released the trailer for the ninth season of “Shameless,” which will become its longest-running series when it returns later this summer. As the irreverent comedy nears its 100th episode, things continue to escalate in the Gallagher household — the Gay Jesus phenomenon is getting out of control, and Frank (William H. Macy) embarks on a campaign in the South Side. Watch the trailer below.

It opens with Frank being all but laughed out of a bar after asking to open a tab “for old times’ sake” and includes Fiona (Emmy Rossum) learning that “going Fiona” has been coined as a phrase. Rossum has earned praise for successfully lobbying for equal pay on the series, which Macy supported; earlier this year, the actress told IndieWire, “Before my renegotiation was up, I had to be willing to walk away to get what I felt was right — and we went through obviously a long period of negotiation that was private, and then at a certain point it kind of became public.”

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