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Jennifer Morrison Is Leaving 'Once Upon a Time' - Read Her Letter to Fans

Jennifer Morrison Is Leaving 'Once Upon a Time' - Read Her Letter to Fans

Jennifer Morrison has announced that she will be leaving her beloved ABC series Once Upon a Time after the end of the current sixth season.

The 38-year-old actress has decided not to renew her contract, which is up at the end of the season. If the show gets a seventh season, she has agreed to appear in one episode to help wrap her character Emma Swan’s storyline.

Jennifer took to Instagram on Monday morning (May 8) to announce the news in a letter to fans.

“As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on,” Jennifer started the note.

Click inside to read the full letter to fans…

“Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show,” Jennifer continued.

“I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan,” she added. “As I move on to other creative endeavors, I will continue to attend the fan conventions whenever my professional schedule allows. I always look forward meeting the fans.”

“If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch ONCE UPON A TIME. The creativity of the show runners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show,” Jennifer concluded.

ARE YOU SAD that Jennifer Morrison is leaving Once Upon a Time?

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  • fadetogether

    Good decision, and it’s time to close Once Upon A Time on that season.

  • TheRandomOne

    End it here as no Charmings & now no Emma its best to end it here

  • TheRandomOne

    A Season 7 would essentially become a spin off & when has spin offs ever worked ?

  • Barry

    Good.
    Like Lana Parilla et Ginnifer Goodwin, she could do so much better than this Disney show, that, yes, is a certainly a cash machine.
    The three of them showed before OUAT how good they could be – Morrison on House, Goodwin on Big Love and Parilla on Swingtown.
    So I’m really rooting to see them on cable, doing something edgier.

  • Casey C

    NCIS, Boston Legal, LAw and Order SVU, way too many CSIs, The Originals,Fraiser, happy days, Angel, Xena, various star treks, but in general, nah if they manage a season, that’s generally pretty good and OUAT just isn’t strong enough as a show itself to really pull off a spinoff.

  • Casey C

    I’m surprised she was on a six year contract, the majority of show contracts are seven years. OUAT has had its day, it had it several seasons ago, probably best to just let it end now

  • Amanda Faglie

    Good luck to her. After 6 seasons, it would be tiring to play the same character all the time.

  • TheRandomOne

    Im guessing Lana, Robert, Colin are next to announce they are leaving

  • TheRandomOne

    & heh those law shows are weird that they are lasting so long & it seems like The Originals might be on its way out though Angel made sense since he was popular on Buffy & Hercules also made sense at the time & Star Trek has plenty of material for spin offs

  • Cool Boots

    I love that show. I wish they would all do one more season and end it together.

  • Ana Bolena

    I’ve watched the first 2 seasons then it became a mess.

  • shoes4life

    They could’ve it last night.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I loved this show for the first 2 or 3 seasons (I cannot even remember what season I stopped on, but I recall the last full episode I watched involved Peter Pan). I was VERY patient for a long time with its many, many shortcomings, but it just got worse and worse. I had hoped the writers and actors would be smart like the writers and actors of Grimm and have some humility, know when to say “it’s time” and have a great final season. But OUAT just doesn’t know when to quit.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Exactly. There was SO much promise.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    And always acting out preposterous situations.

  • Rebecca Carter

    No I am not sad. I think it is time for everyone to get their happy ending and move on. I’m tired of the curses.

  • Kee FRIEND Leichtle

    Ok no one seems to care that there’s still unanswered questions that still need answers and a potential seventh season could finally answer them! I’ll miss Emma but there needs to be at least one more season!

  • Kee FRIEND Leichtle

    How?!! How are seasons 3-6 a mess?! Yes some parts could’ve been played out or written out better but a mess is awfully harsh. I guess no one here but me is a true Oncer! For a site that’s the only celebrity site that’s positive about their updates, it sure has a heaping load of judgemental, negative, insulting viewers!

  • AJ22

    When the lead is done then it’s time for the show to go.

  • DEADP00L

    1 and 2 season were refreshingly new, but then it fell into a pattern and got boring real quick. I hope things change because this show is a joy to watch with my baby sister; even though I am constantly bored out of my mind.

    I think Aladdin and Jasmine were cop outs and utterly wasted and horribly cast. There was no need for them at all they were that pointless if not outright cringe worthy to watch. They contributed nothing to the story whatsoever and I cannot help but feel a little cheated on them and Ariel.

    As for Swan, I cant blame Morrison; its not as if she was even challenged anymore. There is room for renewal and refreshing; the Swan storyline is over but OUAT doesnt have to be.

  • Ana Bolena

    You’re taking a show too personal…

  • Kathy

    I’ll miss her, I love the show and she makes it! Curious how they’ll play out her exit.

  • Crysania

    We all just know the CREATORS don’t are about those unanswered questions. They’re not going to bother answering them. It’s always “new and shiny” with them. The writing has been atrocious for ages, sadly.

  • ThenTheLordMadeYolettie

    I refused to watch this show after she bounced on House. Something about her irritates me and I’m not a big ginnifer Goodwin fan either.

  • Wendy

    Time for the show to be done, this always happens to shows that try to drag on too long, they become bad. It’s already gotten really boring, the first couple seasons were so good, idk what happened.

  • Eric Larson

    The first few seasons were good but they lost me the third or forth time they managed to outsmart some UNBREAKABLE CURSE. That and their increasing inclusion of “Disney” characters seemed to hamper the creativity of their story lines.

  • Upside-down Flower

    It was good for the, maybe first two season because it was unique and had an interesting spin of “fairytales”. Then it became more about bringing every Disney character to life and having a story that really makes no sense.

    The uniqueness wore off and capitalizing on Frozen and other Disney movies seem to be the $$$$ motive.

    The show has been fragmented and choppy for 3+ years.

  • kat621

    After watching the long and tiresome Peter Pan story line, I gave up watching it. I was really into Season 1, but then I started to get bored with the endless curses.

  • Kathy Estefany Rodríguez

    its her decision to leave but she’s being ungrateful. without emma there is no hook :( i heard snow and prince were leaving and i didn’t really care about them but emma leaving that ruins the show.

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  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Oh honey, you need to get out more.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Goodwin is horrible and so is that husband of hers. Terrible actors, both.

  • Ann Marie

    I agree, Kee. I really like the show, too. I am disappointed that Jennifer Morrison is leaving.

  • Ann Marie

    That’s rude, Penny.

  • Gladys McFibben

    How is she being ungrateful? She sings high praises in her announcement above and talks about how she is FOREVER GRATEFUL. You are just sucking on sour apples.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    But it’s also true.