Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, said in a statement on Instagram that it’s time to say goodbye to the character after seven seasons. It is believed that her contract was up and she opted to move on.
“Felicity and I are a very tight two, but after one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you,” the actress wrote in her post. “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.”
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❤️🖤💛💕💜💙 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 of 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
Arrow co-creator executive producer Greg Berlanti and executive producer/showrunner Beth Schwartz said they are “heartbroken” to see Rickards leave the series.
“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,'” the two said in a joint statement Saturday afternoon.
In a Twitter post, Arrow co-creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim talked about how Rickards became a key member of the series’ cast and bid her farewell.
As Deadline previously reported, Arrow’s upcoming eighth season will consist of 10 episodes.
Arrow kicked off The CW’s big DC franchise that now comprises five shows, including The Flash, which originated as a spinoff from Arrow. All five series, as well as the CW pilot Batwoman, hail from Berlanti Prods.