Connor Paolo Leaving Gossip Girl For Revenge

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Gossip Girl's Connor Paolo (Eric) will be starring full-time on Revenge this fall. That means we've quite possibly seen the last of the actor on the Upper East Side.

Connor says his commitment to the new ABC thriller precludes him from returning to the CW series that he's played a secondary, but key role on for four years.

"Eric's going to college and he's going to stay there," the 21-year-old told reporters at the TCA press tour. "He doesn't come home for Christmas anymore."

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Fittingly, Revenge plays a major role on Gossip Girl.

Paolo has turned down series regular status on Gossip Girl in the past, opting to reprise the role of Eric on occasion and keep his options open going forward.

In Revenge, he's found an opportunity he's willing to commit full-time to.

"He's been trying to get out of the house for quite some time," Paolo says of Eric, whose exit has not been specifically planned out by Gossip Girl's producers.

"I'm not the one to ask," he says. "I guess the future is left in Josh [Safran] and Stephanie's [Savage] ample fingers. As of now, my schedule is dominated by Revenge."

"I don't know that Eric's coming back from Sarah Lawrence [College]. We'll see."

On Revenge, he'll play Declan Porter, one of few working-class, honest characters on the Emily VanCamp-led series loosely based on The Count of Monte Cristo.

Here's hoping the show is a success and Connor comes into his own in a more expansive role. If it doesn't, hey, he can always call the Upper East Side home.

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OMG it's rebecca from Brother's and sisters... well i might have to start watching this show instead of gossip girl...

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Reasons to watch Gossip Girl (non shipping): a) good drama, b) 10 million facebook fans worldwide can't be wrong, c) high fashion, d) actors with great potencial, building movie carriers, e) NY sights. There are others but I can't remember right now.

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WAIT ERIC's LEAVING?! OMFG seriously is there any reason to watch GG anymore?!

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I think I'd like him more if I didn't think he had a problem playing gay.

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yeahh agree... made dan as Gay.. or new Comer gay make Nate as a gay ? hahaha awesome..! should be gay in UES as NY now is the best place for GAY!
after all.. i agree that michelle trachtenberg AKA Georgina Sparks as a regular character please... please make michelle sign as regular cast since she is a awesome actress and best antagonist / villain main recurring character.. pleasee

Tutucamaluca97

Lol when i read "Connor Paolo leaving gossip girl for revenge" i thought they meant he wanted to get revenge somehow for something the writers did xD And yes someone else must turn gay now.. what about Dan? pleeeease?

Tfv168

I think GG is losing a major opportunity here by letting Connor go, but if it truely was his decision to not have a larger presence on the show, then best of luck to him!

Kittiwitti

Aww good luck Connor :) Gonna miss you so much, the only character that was realistic

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I don't watch the show anymore but I've always liked Eric. I'm not surprised he's leaving though. The show has gone rapidly downhill since S2. It's pretty awful.

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the only time i like him was when Jenny was on. so not a big tell to me.

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