Claire Holt is leaving The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” spinoff, “The Originals.”
It’s true, you can’t kill an Original vampire but you can write them out of a show. Tuesday’s episode marked Holt’s final episode as a series regular, individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
Holt plays Rebekah, one of the titular first vampires, whom East Coast fans just watched leave New Orleans after a dangerous confrontation with brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) on Tuesday’s episode, appropriately titled “Farewell to Storyville.”
Show 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. An insider told TheWrap that show producers intend to bring her back as a guest star later this season or on Season 2, but no agreements have been finalized at this time.
Holt first played Rebekah on Season 3 of “The Vampire Diaries” in 2011. Last fall, she transitioned to its spinoff, “The Originals.”
WBTV and producers on “The Originals” declined to comment on Holt’s departure.
CAA, Affirmative Entertainment and firm Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder represent Holt.