Another longtime “Shameless” star is saying goodbye to the show.
Cameron Monaghan, who plays Ian Gallagher on the hit Showtime series, announced via Instagram that he would be leaving the show after Season 9 Episode 6, which airs on Sunday night (Oct. 14).
“I have been a series regular on this show for roughly ten years. I was the tender age of fifteen when we shot the pilot, and I came of age in so many ways, both legally and personally,” the actor wrote. “I was very lucky to mature and grow with this show. Experiencing so many firsts, maturing as an actor, a professional, and a human. In the process gaining friends, family, and the best coworkers a very lucky actor could ask for, and for this I can be nothing but gracious. All good things come to an end. An old cliche, but one that rings true with a sincerity and clarity especially in moments like these. Everything ends.”
Monaghan went on to say that he’s known about his exit since last year, but kept it under wraps so that he wouldn’t spoil the storyline.
“The next episode will be my last,” he said. “I have known since last year, but I didn’t want to give it away too early as I wanted this season to be a surprise for the audience, allowing them to experience Ian’s unsure journey with his character. This role has been a joy to inhabit, a wild and special ride, and I’d like to thank #Shameless as well as you, the viewers, for being there with him. Goodbye, Ian Clayton Gallagher. We’ll meet again?”
Cameron Monaghan is the second major “Shameless” cast member to announce that they’re leaving the show. Emmy Rossum, who plays Monaghan’s TV sister Fiona Gallagher, previously said that the current ninth season of “Shameless” will be her last.
With both Ian and Fiona gone from the show, it will be interesting to see how it moves forward past Season 9. There are rumors floating around that Season 10 will be the last, which would not be surprising at all.