Lead Shameless actors leave after seven years

Viewers are left shocked and with many questions

Sophia W., Reporter

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Shameless, an ongoing Showtime series for the past nine years, has been a nationally popular show do to its dramedy (drama plus comedy) plot, with a dysfunctional family that lives in the slums of Chicago. Naturally, when two beloved characters from the show announced their leaving, fans were shocked and left with many questions.

Emmy Rossum, who plays the show’s eldest sister Fiona, announced that she will be leaving the show on her Facebook on Aug. 30. She did not specify what exact date that she will leave, but she will be in all of season nine. Rossum has been an important role to the series and has been involved since the pilot aired in 2011. Although there is not a definite reason on her departure, it is a sure thing that this is a difficult thing for the actress to do. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said, “I will never be saying goodbye to Fiona.”

Not only is Rossum leaving, but so is one of the series most loved character is leaving as well: Cameron Monaghan. Monaghan played the role of Ian Gallagher and is said to have the ability of keeping the crazy family together and sane. Just like Rossum, he started on the first episode that aired in 2011 and has been in the show for all eight seasons. Monaghan announced that he will be leaving in the middle of the ninth (current) season, and it will be his last episode. “I was the tender age of fifteen when we shot the pilot,” he posted on his Instagram, “and I came of age in so many ways, both legally and personally.” Shameless has not been the only thing that Monaghan has been working on. He is currently in Gotham and plays the role of the Joker.

Many viewers are curious on where the show will go next, or if it will even go on at all. According to Cinema Blend, “John Wells plans to forge ahead on season 10.” This confirms that there will be a tenth season following the ninth season. For now, fans are curious as to how the show will go on without its two main characters. Rossum tells CNN in an exclusive interview, “Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”