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Jennifer Morrison Explains Decision to Leave 'Once Upon a Time'

Jennifer Morrison Explains Decision to Leave 'Once Upon a Time'

Jennifer Morrison spoke with TV Line about her decision to leave Once Upon a Time.

The 38-year-old actress explained why exactly she made the decision to leave the series and she has been starring on the show since the beginning.

“It’s a tricky decision to make, because all those things are very attractive. But the other side of that is I did six years on House, I did a year on How I Met Your Mother, I did six years of Once Upon a Time — that’s collectively 13 years of network television back-to-back, which is a-ma-zing and the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it’s a grueling schedule,” Jennifer said.

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It’s one of those things where until there was a decision on the table to make, I had no idea what my instinct was going to be. You can’t assume that they’re going to invite you back, and you can’t assume that there’s going to be a Season 7. So until I knew that there was even a decision to make, I kind of pushed it out of my mind a bit. And then once the decision was real, I did have strong feelings right away, that I had to sort through.

Obviously I love the show, I love the character, I love Eddy and Adam, I’m very close with some of the cast…. It’s a tricky decision to make, because all those things are very attractive. But the other side of that is I did six years on House, I did a year on How I Met Your Mother, I did six years of Once Upon a Time — that’s collectively 13 years of network television back-to-back, which is a-ma-zing and the best thing that’s ever happened to me, but it’s a grueling schedule. I don’t know if everybody realizes that we work 16 to 18 hours a day, and being in Vancouver for the show meant flying every weekend trying to barely see my friends and family every once in a while. For six years, I was on average taking 100 flights a year.

It’s worn me down in a certain way, and it made me stop and think about where I was at in my life and what I wanted and what my priorities were. As much as I love the show, I ultimately had to do what was right for me, and I need to be home. I need to be in New York in L.A., I need to be around my family and friends and have a chance at a personal life, and to have opportunities to do new things creatively. So I’m ready for the new challenges.

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  • tonyincny

    That’s right, Jennifer, to hell with the rest of the cast. The storyline will probably fall apart without Emma and the show will probably get cancelled. But, you take care of yourself and never mind all the other actors and technicians who were trying to make a living. Talk about being an entitled Princess…

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  • pdsuitt

    Charming, Snow, Belle, Wicked Witch, Henry also will not be returning to next season… so ??? What’s to watch?