‘Arrow’ Actress Emily Bett Rickards Will Not Return to The CW Superhero Drama for Its Final Season

The actress took to Instagram over the weekend to reach out to her fans and explain her decision

Before its final season debuts this Fall, Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards has announced that she will be leaving The CW superhero drama at the end of this season. Rickards has played Felicity Smoak on Arrow since the program kicked off way back in 2012. Felicity’s relationship with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has built a strong, passionate fanbase for the duo, who shipped the two as “Olicity” going all the way back to season 1.

Arrow — “Training Day” — Image Number: AR715a_0122b — Pictured: Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It was previously announced just a couple of weeks ago, that next season, Arrow‘s 8th, would be it’s last with a shortened season of just 10 episodes. Thus, with such a short commitment, Rickards’ decision to depart earlier than next Fall came as a shock to some fans of Arrow. The actress announced her choice to leave via a poetic letter to fans on her Instagram account, which we have provided for you below.

Arrow — “Irreconcilable Differences” — Image AR609a_0104 — Pictured (L-R):, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak and Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen — Photo: Dan Power/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

“The time has come to talk of many memes. Of bows and arrows and superheroes and Olicity and Queens
And why TGA is so damn hot
And yes, canaries need more scenes… But wait just one minute
before we go and do all that
For this makes me out of breath
To have this not small chat

Felicity and I
are a very tight two
But after one through seven
we will be saying goodbye to you

I thank you all for the time we’ve shared
The elevators we have climbed
The monsters we have faced and scared
And The burgers we have dined
I will keep her in my heart for always
And I hope that you can too
Because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you

Love,

Felicity and Me”

Previously, when The CW made the announcement last month that Arrow would end with next season, which leads directly into the next DC Crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Rickards wrote in a statement, “I’ve been trying to find the worlds to simply say what the last seven years have meant to me, and I believe this photo sums it up! Without this show I would have not met the inspiring people pictured here nor those I have gotten to work with and get to work with every day,” she continued. “People who have become my family. I’m excited to see what is in store for the story we have been telling.”

After the show’s end was announced, for his part, Amell said, “Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall. There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.”

In any event, Arrow continues to air Mondays, but beginning at a new time, 9 p.m. ET on The CW when it returns on April 15 from a brief hiatus.

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