Stephen Amell Reacts to Emily Bett Rickards Leaving Arrow

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It's been two days since Emily Bett Rickards confirmed she was out of Arrow after its current seventh season comes to a close. 

Now, the show's leading man, Stephen Amell has opened up about Emily's decision to leave the series ahead of its final season. 


"For me, August 3rd, 2012 is the most important day in the history of our show," Amell shared on Instagram.

"It was the first day I worked with Emily."

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“Her energy and the vibrancy she gave to Felicity Smoak is only surpassed by what she personally gave to me," he continued. 

"She was a co-worker that became a best friend. So on the first day of our last episode together, I’d like everyone to know how deeply I appreciate the past seven years."

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"We wouldn’t be here without you. I love you. And I cannot wait to see what you do next.”

It's a beautiful goodbye, right? The Arrow fandom has been left confused about Rickards announcing her exit over the weekend, mostly because Arrow is coming to an end after a truncated eighth season in the fall. 

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It's also unclear how Felicity will bid adieu to the narrative, but we're sure we will get some answers on the final episodes of Arrow Season 7

“Felicity and I are a very tight two, but after [seasons] one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you,” Rickards said in an Instagram post on Saturday. 

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“Although we’re heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we’re completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors, exec producers Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz said in a statement shortly after the news broke.

"She will always have a family at Arrow.”

Okay, Arrow Fanatics!

What are your thoughts on this news?

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

Arrow airs Mondays on The CW. 

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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.

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Slade: To friendship.