While “Once Upon a Time” reportedly has a good chance of being renewed for a seventh season, if the show returns in the fall it will be without star Jennifer Morrison.
The former “House” star, who plays Emma Swan on the fairytale-inspired ABC series, made the announcement via social media, revealing she’ll be exiting the show after six seasons.
“As I reached the end of my six-year contract on ‘Once Upon a Time’, I was faced with a significant decision,” she writes on Instagram. “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.”
Adds Morrison: “Emma Swan is one my [sic] 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.”
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
Following Morrison’s revelation, “Once Upon a Time” showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz released a joint statement about her departure, reports Entertainment Weekly.
“The past six years of collaborating with Jennifer as Emma Swan have been truly magical,” reads the statement. “Watching her breathe life into Emma, she accomplished more than we could have dreamed possible — she gave life to a brand-new Disney Princess, filled with strength and intelligence and an incredible closet full of red leather jackets. We’ll miss seeing her every day, but her imprint upon ‘Once Upon a Time’ is indelible. She will always be a part of the show and its heart and soul. That said, just because Jennifer won’t be back every week doesn’t mean we won’t see our saviour again.”
Will Emma’s departure from the show be a fatal one? That’s what fans are wondering, given the prediction earlier this season that the character is doomed. We’ll find out in the upcoming season finale.