A show that has been relatively stable over its long run has suddenly been hit with its share of churn. The latest star to announce he’s leaving Showtime’s “Shameless” is Cameron Monaghan.
The series is currently in its ninth season, and Monaghan has been playing Ian Gallagher since the beginning. He notes in his announcement, posted on Instagram, that he was just 15 years old when he bagan work on the show. Monaghan is now 25.
The actor said he will be leaving the show after the next episode.
Monaghan’s news follows an announcement by series star Emmy Rossum that she will leave the show after its current season.
Here’s the full text of Monaghan’s Instagram post, which was accompanied by the photo below:
“I have been a series regular on this show for roughly ten years. I was the tender age of fifteen when we shot the pilot, and I came of age in so many ways, both legally and personally. I was very lucky to mature and grow with this show. “Experiencing so many firsts, maturing as an actor, a professional, and a human. In the process gaining friends, family, and the best coworkers a very lucky actor could ask for, and for this I can be nothing but gracious.
“All good things come to an end. An old cliche, but one that rings true with a sincerity and clarity especially in moments like these. Everything ends.
“The next episode will be my last. I have known since last year, but I didn’t want to give it away too early as I wanted this season to be a surprise for the audience, allowing them to experience Ian’s unsure journey with his character. This role has been a joy to inhabit, a wild and special ride, and I’d like to thank #Shameless as well as you, the viewers, for being there with him.
“Goodbye, Ian Clayton Gallagher. We’ll meet again?”