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Stana Katic Not Returning to 'Castle' for 'Budgetary Reasons'

Stana Katic Not Returning to 'Castle' for 'Budgetary Reasons'

It’s official – Stana Katic will not be returning as Kate Beckett on Castle for the ninth season, if the show gets picked up as it’s expected to be.

The 37-year-old actress had signed a one-year contract extension for season eight and ABC has decided not to renew her contact due to “budgetary reasons,” according to Deadline.

Tamala Jones, who played Beckett’s best friend, will also not be returning.

“Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past 8 years. We are grateful for Stana Katic‘s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship,” ABC said in a statement. “Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.”

“Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans,” Stana said in a statement.

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  • Robert

    Don’t watch the show, but getting rid of half of a popular couple seems awfully cold blooded.

  • totalobvi

    Obviously Castle can go on without Beckett, but I don’t really see the point. She is such an integral part of the show and has been from day one, that it doesn’t really make sense and feels like a disservice to fans. Just end the show and move on. Or at least they need to completely reboot the show in the ninth season, like just Castle as a PI or Castle doing something completely different. It would be weird to still have him doing stuff with the NYPD without her

  • Will

    Sounds like she asked for equal pay and was shut down, she did the right thing by leaving if that’s the case.

  • Gina

    “Budgetary reasons” = They weren’t giving her equal pay to her male co-star.

  • Jen

    So they are kicking of the absolutely best actor they have on the show?? And then what? Have Nathan Fillion running around, trying to be funny and making stupid faces?!? He is not a very good actor! Jesus. Good luck to ABC on that!

  • David Howes

    Castle ‘Jumped the Shark’ for me a few seasons ago. They got away from the mystery writer helping to solve murders and went too far into the international espionage crap that every show does.

  • Jennifer

    If the real reason is Budgetary then Stana was right to walk away. She deserves equal pay for her part of the show. I’m not taking anything away from Nathan but he can’t carry this show by himself. He might have started off as the star but Stana’s fan base grew and her star got just as big if not bigger. I wish her the best and I’ll always be a big fan of hers and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

  • Margot

    This is like Grey’s Anatomy’s Derek all over again :(

  • Adrian Thomas Schlesinger

    God, I hope they don’t kill her off, but how else will they explain her absence from the show?

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  • Emily

    All I ask is that you end the show now, on a high before you ruin it with whatever you’re planning on doing next season… How do you not budget for your two main characters!

  • Emily

    I really hope it doesnt just focus on Castle running this PI business… Thats already old… Such a shame because I’ve always liked this how, however, this last seasons been a bit all over the place.

  • Emily

    The show aside from a few good episodes ran its course a few seasons ago..

  • Mike1288

    Hahahahaha what a bunch of d-bags. Do they really think we are that dumb? Budgetary concerns and you cut one of your two main stars? Dumbest thing I have ever heard. I am not one to jump on the sexist bandwagon but we know she was havin negotiation issues and you just know she was not going to be paid like Fillion. I hope the show tanks without her. It is just insulting.

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  • jane

    never seen the show, but i happened to see the lead guy filming the show in downtown la, in a park. total jerk. i saw him tell fans to back away from him, not touch him, etc. seemed like a ‘not nice’ guy… wouldn’t sign anything for his fans, went and hid…

  • Booklover1442

    You should give her equal pay. Signed, near future lost Castle fan.

  • Booklover1442

    Umm-means they are cool with a cancellation. It’s done.

  • Booklover1442

    It won’t go on.

  • Andrea Coon

    :(((( I love this show and cast! Not a smart move!!! Bring both the ladies back!!!

  • cljahn

    The show may go on, but I won’t be watching.

  • Sandra Dolan

    ABC has been shooting itself in the foot the last few years. Their popular series get changed to the point that a person loses interest. Now they are messing up the the chemistry between Castle and Beckett. If its for budget reasons then just drop the show because it really won’t last without her.

  • Dorothyfromoz

    I agree, with all the talk in the media about actresses getting less pay than their male counterparts I could see her agent asking for the same amount Nathan Fillon is making. She should make the same amount, without her there is no Castle. She is as important to the show as Nathan is.

  • Celticlady

    I will not watch any season nine, spin-off or otherwise without Stana Katic as Kate Beckett. Nor will I ever watch ABC again after their betrayal of all the show’s loyal fans. Budget cuts, my ass! They are lying! Otherwise they could have cut Perlmutter and several others without taking Beckett – the most loved key-player of the show! Hell, boot Castle, they only have him playing a boob anyway! Beckett was REAL and the true star of the show – perhaps that made Nathan jealous, and if it comes out he had a part in her dismissal (rumours of unrest) I will despise him forever as an actor and a human being, just like I do the ABC jerks who fired her! Castle will never survive without Kate Beckett, even with it’s wonderful supporting cast. We fans are madder than hell and ABC will truly be sorry it chose to betray us like this! We are DONE with them unless by some miracle, they ask her to stay, and they better start begger her to do so ot they will lose everything they have tried to build!

  • Jen

    It will most likely get renewed. All
    ABC care about is pleasing Nathan Fillion. And he wants to continiue, but he does not get along with Stana. That’s why they fired her. And then they blamed it on “the budget”

  • Jen

    Of course he had a part in it. He’s an major asshole who only cares about him being paid as much as possible.

    It so funny that people are mad at Stana for requesting to have a few days off this season, so she could get MARRIED. While they all think it’s just fine that Nathan actually didn’t show up for work a couple of years ago, because he was mad at ABC because they wouldn’t cut production time from 5 to 4 days. They had to stop production for a whole day, because he was behaving like the spoiled and childish brat that he is. I have zero respect left for that guy! Glad Stana is out, cause that means I don’t have to watch Castle anymore

  • Booklover1442

    Maybe he’ll do it for a year, but that show is done. When the ratings plummet, which they have and will very much continue to do, it’ll be canceled.

  • Jen

    True. Hope the ratings just get lower and lower!

  • Denise Kulawik

    All ABC cares about is making money. They’re looking to see fan reaction. It’s over.

  • Denise Kulawik

    Yeah… the ratings have already plummeted. Castle has been on the proverbial chopping block all season.

  • david saxon

    Stana Katic is the star of Castle,without her the show will plummet down the ratings,she is an amazing actress,not seen series 8 yet but that will be the last series I will be watching,she should be paid at least equal to Nathan Fillion,in my opinion she deserves more,the series has always been about Castle and Beckett,how is it going to work without Beckett,no chance,may as well scrap it now.