Shameless Shocker: Emmy Rossum Leaving After Nine Seasons!

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Emmy Rossum's time on Shameless may soon be over.

The popular actress took to Facebook on Thursday with an emotional statement that strongly suggested she was departing the Showtime dramedy after nine seasons as Fiona Gallagher. 

The opportunity to play Fiona has been a gift,” Rossum shared.

Fiona Has a Problem - Shameless

“There are few characters — female or otherwise — as layered and dynamic. She is a mother lion, fierce, flawed and sexually liberated. She is injured, vulnerable, but will never give up."

"She is living in an economic depression but refuses to be depressed. She is resourceful. She is loyal."

"She is brave. I knew it the second I read the pilot script, this was different, this was special. … Quite simply, the last eight years have been the best of my life.”

The most telling part was the conclusion of the statement. 

“I know you will continue on without me, for now,” she writes.

Shocked Face - Shameless Season 8 Episode 10

“There is much more Gallagher story to be told. I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”

While there's no confirmation from Showtime at this time, the message definitely seems like a goodbye to the character of Fiona as well as the fans of the show. 

Related: Shameless Season 9 Expanded; Will Air in Two Parts

It's difficult to imagine Shameless without Rossum. She's been front and center since the show debuted back in 2011, with Fiona being the one to care for her various siblings. 

In recent seasons, Fiona has purchased a laundromat and even an apartment building with the aim of making a name for herself despite her humble beginnings. 

Digging Deep - Shameless

While Rossum is essentially out of the show, Showtime feels like the series still has a lot of life left in it. 

“Our feeling is that the Gallaghers can live on…, I don’t mind having them on the air for years to come," said Showtime's president of programming Gary Levine during Showtime's appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour earlier this year. 

It was also announced at the same time that Shameless Season 9 would air in two, seven-episode parts. 14 episodes would be the series' highest episode count to date. 

Related: Shameless Season 9 Trailer: Make America Gallagher Again

The official logline for Shameless Season 9 reads:

Political fervor hits the South Side, and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. Frank sees financial opportunity in campaigning and decides to give voice to the underrepresented South Side working man.

Fiona tries to build on her success with her apartment building and takes an expensive gamble hoping to catapult herself into the upper echelon.

Shameless Season 9 Cast Photo

Lip distracts himself from the challenges of sobriety by taking in Eddie’s niece, Xan. Ian faces the consequences of his crimes as the Gay Jesus movement takes a destructive turn.

Debbie fights for equal pay and combats harassment, and her efforts lead her to an unexpected realization. Carl sets his sights on West Point and prepares himself for cadet life.

Liam must develop a new skill set to survive outside of his cushy private school walls.

Fiona Smiles - Shameless Season 8 Episode 9

It remains to be seen whether Rossum will be part of the whole season, or if her exit will occur midseason. 

What are your thoughts on this news?

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Remember you can watch Shameless online right here via TV Fanatic.

Shameless Season 9 debuts Sunday, September 9 on Showtime. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Shameless Quotes

I'm not gonna ask your forgiveness because you bunch didn't do s--- for me, so let's just call it a draw. I know some of ya think ya hate my guts, and truth be told I never liked any of you much either. But we're all Gallaghers. My only advice is to stop worrying so damn much. You're supposed to ask people on their death bed if they wish they'd worked more or spent more time with their family. [Laughs] Me, hell, I wish I'd partied more. Nobody ever said our neighborhood was the Garden of Eden but it's been a good home to us, to me, and you kids. I'm proud of all of you, because every single one of you reminds me a little bit of me, Lip, you're smart as a whip, you just can't seem to get out of your own way. You'll figure it out. Ian, industrious, incredible work ethic, not a clue where you got that from — got the mental illness from your mother. The only way I can understand how you ended up marrying a Milkovich. Carl, I never could figure you out. Can't believe you betrayed the family and became a cop. I'm hoping you're already on the take. Debbie, you remind me of your mother, and not in a good way. Good luck in life, you're gonna need it. Liam, you're the apple of my eye, you handsome devil. Everybody says you look just like me. Oh, Kev, Veronica, you're overrated as friends, always sticking your noses in my family's business where they don't belong. You're moving, I say good riddance. And me, Frank Gallagher, father, teacher, mentor, captain of our little ship. People say you can't drink your troubles away, I say you're just not drinking enough. I guess that's it. Not much left to say really. Except, time's precious, don't f---ing waste it. Have a good time. I sure as hell did.


What was I supposed to do? Was I supposed to sit on my porch knitting, hoping one day you'd show back up. You disappeared. Gone. Nothing.

Fiona [to Jimmy/Steve]