“Walking Dead” star Lauren Cohan cleared up the rumours regarding her contract dispute with AMC on SiriusXM’s “Andy Cohen Live” on Wednesday.
Cohan explained that her request for a pay increase came while renegotiating a new contract.
“It wasn’t actually that I was asking for it, it was that my contract had finished,” she said. “So that’s a pretty standard renegotiation.”
Earlier this year it was reported that Cohan — Maggie Greene in the hit zombie series since season 2 — was involved in a pay gap dispute with AMC. Rumours circulated that she was going to leave the show altogether when she joined the pilot for ABC spy drama “Whiskey Cavalier”.
However, while Cohan said she wants to explore “comedy and happier fare,” she revealed that Maggie’s story on “The Walking Dead” is still very much open.
“We don’t close doors, we don’t break up with someone and forget about them and delete them from your life. Things transition into different places.”
The news comes after series regular Andrew Lincoln confirmed that he will exit the show after season 9. “This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes,” the British actor told fans this past Friday at Comic-Con. “I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show.
“This has been the most extraordinary, amazing, and beautiful experience of my career,” he continued, before revealing he’ll be taking a break from acting to spend more time with his family back home in England.
Listen to the clip of Cohan on “Andy Cohen Live” below.
“Walking Dead” will return for its ninth season later this year.