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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