Arrow Shocker: Echo Kellum Out as Series Regular

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Monday's episode of Arrow may have been filled with twists, but many fans are likely questioning what's going to become of Curtis. 

Sadly, Echo Kellum is no longer a series regular on The CW hit, the actor revealed to Entertainment Weekly

The actor confirmed that he's been thinking of exiting the show ever since Arrow Season 6

Danger  - Arrow Season 7 Episode 13

“It was my idea. I have kids … and it was just starting to feel like I should be back home more,” he said, adding that he had a “long conversation about family and fatherhood” with Marc Guggenheim, “and he totally got where I was coming from.”

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While Kellum has not filmed any episodes since his exit as a regular, he's not opposed to the idea of coming back, but “nothing’s been finalized at this point.”

He maintained that returning is “100-percent open to doing … so it should definitely work out at some point in the future.”

Curtis Has an Idea - Arrow Season 7 Episode 11

Echo first appeared in Arrow Season 4 but was bumped up to series regular during Arrow Season 5, so he's been with the show for a few years now. 

It's good knowing that there is a possibility Echo could pop back up down the line, but with the Arrowverse, it's also possible that he could switch to one of the other shows. 

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Arrow Season 7 has presented a return to form for the series, with many fans liking the new direction. The series was stuck in a rut for a while, but the current season feels like a completely different show. 

Curtis to the Rescue - Arrow Season 7 Episode 6

Maybe it's the flashforwards, or the way all of the characters are gelling together, but it's a real breath of fresh air. 

The CW renewed Arrow for an eighth season earlier this month, so we know that the show's future is secure. 

What are your thoughts on this departure?

Will you miss Curtis?

Hit the comments below. 

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

Arrow continues Mondays at 8/7c.

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There are people in this world who deal only in extremes. It's naive to think that anything less than extreme measures will stop them.


Oliver: I just need your A game right now Felicity.
Felicity: I don't have it! My friend, our friend, was shot with arrows and fell off of a rooftop. Her body is upstairs right above us in a freezer because we don't know what to do with it, with her, so I am so sorry, Oliver, if I have feelings, but maybe if you did, too... I'm sorry. That was mean. But this is Sara we're talking about. Your Sara. How can you stand there being so cold and rational?
Oliver: Because I don't have the luxury of falling to pieces. Everyone is looking to me to handle things, to make the right decisions. Everyone is looking to me to lead. If I grieve, nobody else gets to.