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Connie Britton May Exit 'Nashville' Early, Only Signed on For 10 Episodes

Connie Britton May Exit 'Nashville' Early, Only Signed on For 10 Episodes

Connie Britton may not be returning for the entirety of Nashville season five after all.

Sources tell EW that the star of the show – who plays the role of famous country singer Rayna James – has only signed on for 10 episodes out of the 22 total for the season. Sources add that execs remain hopeful Connie will sign on for all 22, but a deal has not been made at this time.

Hayden Panettiere, the show’s other star, is on board for all 22 episodes. It’s unclear how Rayna’s absence will be explained.

The site also reports that Connie is likely to exit the show after season 5.

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  • j b

    That is what happens when another network picks up a failing TV show and the new network can’t afford the salary the celebrities were used to before the show failed.

  • Barry

    Indeed. Lionsgate certainly sent the show to Hulu negotiating a lower price per episode.
    Hayden is quite happy to be there, but Britton was Mrs. Coach.
    She deserves better.

  • Gina

    Hopefully everything works out.

  • Brink

    Hell her story line is the best one. They can’t lose her.

  • MP

    knowing that the show was cancelled and that the cast and fans fought so much for another network to pick it up, they knew there were gonna be budget cuts, especially salaries. The show revolves around her character and most are her family or close close friends. If she goes, the show goes again. Should’ve made the season 4 finale better and just ended it there or make a short farewell season.

  • Kitty Kat

    Rayner is the star of the show, how can she leave…that would suck…