‘Originals’ Star Claire Holt Talks Exiting CW Show: ‘It Was So Tough for Me’ (Photos)

'Originals' Star Claire Holt Talks Exiting CW Show: 'It Was So Tough for Me' (Photos)

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Executive producers and star Claire Holt of The CW's “Originals” addressed the actress's exit from the series during PaleyFest on Saturday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater.

Holt said that it was her choice to leave and not that of the writers and producers. She did, however, say that she considered the departure a “temporary hiatus.”

“I just wanted to make it clear to everyone that these incredibly talented writers did not run out of story,” Holt said. “I wasn't pushed out, I didn't quit midseason. This was something that we discussed from the start and I completed my initial commitment and I made a life choice not a career choice.”

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She continued, “It was so tough for me and it really was a toss up right to the very end. And even having this small space that I've had, I've realized that I'm so not ready to let go of the Mikaelsons. And, so I hope that there are many more stories to tell.”

As TheWrap first reported, Holt's character was written off the show on an episode that aired on March 11.

Although the actress said it was her decision to leave the show, individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that producers had decided that Rebekah's storyline was advancing in such a way that the character was no longer needed in a series regular capacity, though she may return as a guest star in the future.

On her last episode, Rebekah left New Orleans after a dangerous confrontation with brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan), which ended with him granting her freedom from the ties that bind her to the family.

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“A lot of people on the internet were so upset with Rebekah,” executive producer Michael Narducci said. “And for me, I love Claire, but I was so happy that Rebekah got the happy ending. I was so glad.”

Holt agreed, “It was such a beautiful episode. It was really profound for me, because it went back to the roots of what the show was, which was the three of us and our family drama. It really felt special to me, because she got what she had always wanted and she was freed by Klaus and that was where I had hoped she would go.”

See photos from the event below:

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  • Insider

    She left because she hated living and working in Atlanta. California tax incentives will turn Atlanta film and TV production into a ghost town overnight.

    • Matt Clayton

      Pfft, so you say.

    • guest

      california tax incentives?!?! its the other way around…the reason more shows are being produced in cities like ATL and NOLA is bc of THEIR tax incentives…lol…im sure you have had plenty of heart to heart conversations with the cast and have deep inside knowledge of her dislike for the city of atlanta otherwise you wouldnt be making such a moronic statement…right?? lol

      • Jennifer

        I live in NOLA and I agree. We have so many tv shows and movies being made in Hollywood South down here.

  • RandyRider

    “producers had decided that Rebekah's storyline was advancing in such a
    way that the character was no longer needed in a series regular
    capacity,” AND when she returns, so will my viewership (sorry, Rebekah's far, far more human and interesting than all the others put together.) BRING HER BACK.

  • guest

    sounds like she has some things in her personal life she wants to focus on instead of her career…hope the best for her in whatever she pursues next!!!

  • Michael Lui

    so long rebekah as female lead, enter Hayley as the new and best one they could and will have, Long live my stunning wonderful fantastic princess of mine.