Claire Holt Explains The Originals Exit, Clarifies "Temporary Absence"

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Claire Holt has spoken out for the first time about her shocking departure from The Originals.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, the actress strongly shoots down talk that she was forced of the series in any way or that her exit was related to any decision except her own.

Referring to those rumors as "ludicrous," Holt says:

“I want to be very clear that they didn’t run out of material, I wasn’t pushed out, I wasn’t fed up with Rebekah, I didn’t quit mid-season, there was no drama, there was no rift between cast members; it really came down to the fact that I completed my initial commitment and made a life choice, not a career choice.”

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The star emphasizes that the experience of filming The Originals and The Vampire Diaries has been “amazing” and the material “unbelievable,” but:

“It was just never my intention to be away from home this long... I hadn’t been home to Australia in years, I hadn’t seen my family, and I hadn’t spent time with the people I loved."

Creator Julie Plec, meanwhile, hints that there’s room for more members of the family (“Especially Kol…”) to come back at some point and that "in ending Rebekah’s journey, we opened up a lot of room in the final chapter of the season, which is really exploring all these different factions we’ve introduced along the way."

In closing, Holt leaves fans with some hope.

"I am so glad I was able to do The Originals, and I want to be a part of that family for a long time. I am simply looking at this as a temporary absence.” 

Visit BuzzFeed for the full Holt interview and sound off about this surprising departure below.

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I Understand about the whole holiday thing, but why would you start a show called "The Originals" if you didn't want to dedicate yourself to it?? I find that rather bizarre, The title obviously suggests Rebekah was going to be a big role, so why only do one season, although I enjoyed watching it seems to me a waste of time where you could have been doing other things.

Sarah silva

So Julie says she ended Rebekah's journey but Claire is saying she will be back.


I believe it when I see it. Seriously, it can't be a coincidence - last Tuesday's ratings were a mess and suddenly they're talking of a 'temporary absence'. Why didn't they say that last week already?
Totally hope Rebekah comes back, but I don't trust Plec anymore when it comes to statements like 'never say never', 'all the possibilities we have' or 'she might be back' ... Absolutely understand Holt's arguments for leaving though.

@ San

IKR, didn't care for last week's episode, and Klaus always brooding, and Elijah always coddling him is getting old. I'm looking forward to Rebekah's return. If it really wasn't just "temporary" originally, I guess this had to happen for the show to realize just how important her character was to the show.


Great that Rebecca will be back! Show not the same without her!


Super happy it seems to be temporary :)


'Temporary absence' - YES! :)


Glad to hear it's temporary, I can't wait for Rebekah's return to The Originals. If I wanted to watch a show focusing only on two handsome brothers, I'd stick to Supernatural. Rebekah completes the Mickaelson dynamic, it's supposed to be a trio not duo.

@ Dacaria

I agree, last week was like a sausage fest with only the male characters of the show. Rebekah is the heart of the Mickaelson clan. Elijah is the thinker, Klaus is always running amok, and Rebekah tempered both of them. Without her, you're right, it's just like Supernatural, two brothers always helping, yet always at odds with each other in every episode. It gets old.

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