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Claire Holt Shockingly Exits 'The Originals' as Series Regular!

Claire Holt Shockingly Exits 'The Originals' as Series Regular!

Tonight’s episode of The CW’s The Originals was Claire Holt‘s last as a series regular, can confirm.

According to our sources, the 25-year-old Aussie actress will not be returning to the show in the near future, but the door remains open for her to reprise her role in guest appearances if everything lines up. Though, nothing is in the works as of right now.

In tonight’s (March 11) episode, titled “Farewell to Storyville,” her character
Rebekah drives off into the unknown after she was “forgiven” by her brother
Klaus (Joseph Morgan). She also said goodbye to her love Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and told Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) to take care of her niece.

Rebekah was first introduced in the third season of The Vampire Diaries before
heading to the French Quarter with her brothers for the spin-off series.

In case you missed it, check out Claire‘s JJ Spotlight interview, where she chatted about the show.

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  • Steph

    Well that was a spoiler alert.

    I’m shocked – totally unexpected!
    I’ll miss her on the show – wondering if it will be the same without her.
    The show was getting so good. :(

  • rrodriguez0309

    One of the best characters in the show. :( NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. the originals is not going to be the same any more BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Living in a box

    Simple answer, she want to be in film.

  • kate

    WHAT???? WHYYY

  • Teddy

    How does this even work? She was the female lead of the show and it was just renewed for a second season.

  • Isabel

    Awww man really?! She’s my favorite character from the whole TVD/Originals thing! I’m really going to miss her :(

  • Kailea

    Seriously???!!! It only made since to have 2 brothers and one sisters. I loved Rebekah on the Vampire Diaries and the Originals…honestly I don’t think it will be the same, I would have loved to see the siblings reunite and take on the city together…damn…..

  • chris

    wow she is one of my favorites she is an original wtf what a horrible decision

  • rrodriguez0309

    No…. I think the girl that plays the preasts niece will become a vampire. but i have a strong feeling caroline will be joining the originals in it’s second season!! …..

  • abby

    This blows major shit! Ull be miss claire :(

  • wendy

    And the gorgeous Elijah is leaving as well :( so i just wonder if this is the end to this great show? I hope not damn…

  • Tracy

    Total shocker! It seems these TVD faves are using their notoriety and now bouncing!!!! What will become of this show if all the fan faves exit?

  • Tracy

    I am having déjà vu…remember when mischa Barton just walked out of the OC? Yeah, it ended soon after! Wtf!

  • Anon

    Watch the ratings go down now and Plec try and do something desperate to get the ratings back. One part of me is glad that she got out of there, it was obviously a personal decision for her and with the downward spiral that show and TVD is taking I am glad she is out of it. In the other hand when it comes to the actual show itself, how can it be able The Originals and their family when there are only now two of the five siblings left in there? OOHHHH I know… It’s so that Plec can shove talent-less Hayley into the spotlight and turn the show into The Hayley & demon spawn show.

    The characters that moves over to this show have been killed be the while of it and I honestly just wish that Season two wasn’t going to happen and that they will can it all and stop destroying those characters.

    Good Luck Claire and I will keep following you and seeing what comes up next in your career, you have certainly grown as a person and an actress since the days of H20

  • Tara

    Who is your “source”? And for the love of God, do not say Buzzfeed.

  • rrodriguez0309

    for those of you who saw the episode, if you watched the ending. and you want to know the song name is ‘walkabout’ and it’s by AUGUSTINES!

  • lyla

    Claire always does that. I think it’s her fault. I remember when she started in H2O – Just Add Water and the show was a HUGE hit especially in my country and then she dropped out in season 3 to “focus on her film career”. What did she do? She made The Messenger 2, Yeah…never understood that. Sure, she later started in Blue Like Jazz and eventually got a role in Vampire Diaries, but let’s look at her H2O co-star Phoebe Tonkin. She didn’t leave H2O, made GOOD movies (Tomorrow, when the war began), got a role in 2 TV shows and is more successful than Claire. I think Claire just wants something more like starring in a Martin Scorsese movie, she has big expectations from her, but I think she is some sort of ungrateful.

  • Lavi

    I think she is dropping out bc she is pregnant : )

  • Janire

    Noooo, what happened? :/

  • lauren

    well this sucks, she was the best character on VD and the best on the originals, wonder how the writers are going to try and make the show go on without her.

  • miss_r

    I’m so sad she left. The relationship between Rebekah, Klaus and Elijah was the only thing which made me watch the show.

    I really don’t believe it was Claire’s choice, it was Julie Plec who called the shots. Sorry to say but without Rebekah The Originals are not worth watching anymore.

  • just me

    How you know so much jared? Its all about your sources, Hate to see her go. She was the reason I watched the show, Anyway Cancel the no kids policy its your site not Kristen bell”s

  • Vendetta Chronicles

    Frak! Claire Holt was the only ORIGINAL I could actually stand. Why did she sign a contract if she never wanted to commit to a character this long?

    The Originals is unwatchable mainly because of Marcel. I guess the show is now all about Klaus since Daniel Gilles will be in most episodes of Saving Hope next year.

  • miapocca

    she has been looking bigger lately

    I think she is pregnant

    After which she probably wants to transition into movie

    She is good in the show.. a mix of vulnerable and vampire bitchiness

    CW has had sucess with Jared and Jensen sticking to the supernatural, but I think thats because C makes you and ties you to them for eternity, so you run when you can.

    Those who want stabilkity stay with the program

  • HunnyClare

    I love you bb! :( GOOD LUCK

  • Gina

    Come on guys, this is just a pr stunt. There is probably going to be some twist in the show thats going to bring her back but the producers don’t want to spoil the surprise (or she’s probably going to pop up on Vampire Diaries for a few episodes).

  • John

    Thanks for the spoiler alert a$$ hole

  • mafer

    Rebekah was my favorite,without her the originals is not going to be the same. I can’t even think about the series without Rebekah!!

  • Cassidy

    Awww, what a load of rubbish. I loved her character and the show certainly won’t be the same without a lead female role.

  • Eric

    That really sucks that she is leaving. Don’t see why you would leave a successful show unless you are getting a better offer.

  • Neil

    no point calling it the originals anymore. Call it the Michelson brothers…

  • Michael

    @Teddy: Dude there’s a thing called new female lead and its now the best one EVER.

  • Michael

    Who knew Claire signed for only have a season? such a shame as she was just about to get notice. Best of luck to you and here’s to the best female lead possible my little lovely princess Hayley.

  • http://twitter emily

    i like claire of just add water