Arrow actress to depart
Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards is leaving the series ahead of its eighth and final season.
Arrow‘s Emily Bett Rickards is leaving the series ahead of its eighth and final season.
Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, said on Instagram, “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.”
She continued, “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.”
US reports suggest her contract was up and she opted to move on.
Co-creator executive producer Greg Berlanti and executive producer / showrunner Beth Schwartz said in a joint statement, “We’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily since season one and in those past seven years she has brought one of TV’s most beloved characters to life. And although we’re heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we’re completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors. She will always have a family at Arrow.”
Rickards originally appeared as an IT technician at Queen Consolidated, later becoming Oliver’s wife, and stepmother to his son William.