Emmy Rossum reveals she's leaving 'Shameless' after season 9

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum - arguably the leading star of the TV show "Shameless"- just announced her departure after nine seasons. but didn't give any clear reason why.

In a lengthy Facebook post published on Thursday afternoon, Rossum offers a touching farewell to the long-running Showtime series.

'See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I'm an only child. I never had a big family.

"This business is always an adventure, full of travel and opportunities to tell stories", she wrote.

Rossum played the oldest daughter Fiona Gallagher of a Chicago family.

Having said that, I'm also very excited for Rossum to embark on a new challenge in this industry and to pursue the projects she's passionate about. She is living in an economic depression, but refuses to be depressed, ' she said. She is resourceful. She is loyal.

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At the end she writes, "I know you will continue on without me, for now".

Emmy Rossum appears to be saying goodbye to Shameless. "Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I'd always dreamed of. 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", she added. Rossum remembers jumping up and down, crying tears of joy after getting the part and says, "the last eight years have been the best of my life".

"I can say for certain that this cast and crew, who I've been truly honored to work alongside, are world class", she concluded. [Laughs.] And it's a wonderful, wonderful amount of time and I feel incredibly proud of everything we have created. "I think the show could quite honestly go on forever, because the family is dynamic and the kids grow up and they have their own story lines and they branch out and they are fully-realized actors and human beings and they have opinions". 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.

When Rossum joined the cast of Shameless in 2011, her salary was significantly lower than her co-star, Macy.

Shameless premieres Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

The news of her exit comes after it was announced that Friends alum Courteney Cox will be joining the show for season nine.

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