Emily VanCamp Confirms, Discusses Brothers & Sisters Exit

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Updating a previous report, Emily VanCamp is indeed parting ways with Brothers & Sisters and her role of Rebecca at the start of the ABC series' upcoming season this fall.

Below are excerpts from an interview Emily gave with EW, where she sets the record straight about her departure, what happens to Rebecca, what's next for her and more.

On her exit: "I’m coming back for a couple of episodes, which I’m really excited about. I feel like Rebecca has run her course. The deal I was offered this year was for two more years, and I felt like since renegotiations were happening, maybe it would be the right time to move on."

"I’ve been doing this for a very long time, and other opportunities have presented themselves that I haven’t been able to do. I’ve had such an amazing four years on the show and I felt like maybe it was time. It was a big risk, but I’m really excited about it."

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Emily VanCamp will be missed, but she seems at peace with leaving Brothers & Sisters, which she calls a mutual decision with producers, rather than a case of being written out.

On her (brief) return: "I’m definitely going back for 2-3 episodes at the beginning of the season. I’m really excited about the story. I spoke to our showrunner, David Marshall Grant, and he’s already come up with some great story lines for the next season."

On speculation that she was let go due to budget constraints: "I’d like to think that it was a mutual agreement. I don’t really make decisions based on [money only]. For me, it was really a creative thing. I did a lot of soul-searching. It’s a big risk for me to take."

On her fellow cast members' reactions: "I think everyone sort of knew what was happening with my character and the relationship between Justin and Rebecca. There was a lot of fighting [between them]. It wasn’t moving forward in a way that was productive or exciting."

"I think this will give Dave Annable [Justin] an opportunity to do some different things, which will be exciting for him. I don’t think that anyone will disagree with what I’m doing. I think mostly they’ll be happy for me. It really is not an ego thing whatsoever."

On her future: I’ve been doing television for a long time. I’d love to do some theater. I’ve thought about going back to school. There are so many things that are going through my brain. I’m 24 now, and I want to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone."

"Right now I’m also working on a Hallmark movie right now called Let Them Shine. I’m playing a teacher, which I always wanted to do."

Will you miss Rebecca on Brothers & Sisters? Had her character run its course? Are you looking forward to the new season or dreading the changes? Discuss!

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I was very upset to see rebecca leave the show. I enjoyed her and justin together. I though they were a lovely couple. All good things must come to a end. PITY

Saad khan

That's just sad she was permanent part of the show... I will miss her.. she should have accepted the two year contract... Oh God I think bx Dave and Emily broke up in real life an then He got Married to Odetta Yustman so it will be hard to see them together on set every day. still miss her hope she comes back around next year maybe .


I was really sad to hear this, since the introduction of Rebecca I found interesting especially season 3 forward. I find it a gamble not paying off but hey.. it's her decision. It feels like they've decided to ditch all the in laws. I hope they find a good way to get her off the show.


I'm glad she's leaving, she/her character is sooooooo boring and such a cry baby...ugghh! Good luck with your future Emily.


I'm glad she's leaving, she's boring and whiny.


I'm glad she's leaving, she's boring and a whiny.


i am just pisst that so many people are leaving. I was hoping that Justin and rebecca will be the great couple. We are going to miss her, tommy and Robert. They all are great actors and we hope that they will come back some how. Tommy has to come back- he is part of the family.
We love brothers and Sisters and we had purchase the Full series from season 1 to current. I believe ABC has come up with one of the best shows ever with Grey's Anatomy. I hope no one else leaves. I really hate when they kill people off or they leave. the show is not the same without the originals.


I'm not sad she's leaving. Emily VanCamp is great and I wish all the best for her, but seriously, Rebecca was a really annoying character with boring storylines. They ran out of ideas for her a long time ago so letting it go was the reasonable thing to do. It is even better that the actress was aware of this.


If Rebecca has run her course on the show, I can't say, but I definetely think it is time for Justin and Rebecca to move on. They have become sort of boring. I wish Emily didn't have to leave but if she feels like, I can only wish her the best.


@Julien I love Emily Van Camp, but her character is anything but crucial to the show. Even Emily acknowledges this in her interview, and said her character had run it's course. She no longer wanted to be on the show, and wished to mind more fulfilling work. She actually was not on Brothers & Sisters for two years, but four years. Before that she was a main character on Everwood for four seasons. She's young, talented, and beautiful. I look forward to seeing some of her upcoming projects.

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