After nine seasons playing Fiona Gallagher on Shameless Emmy Rossum announced that she will not be returning for the tenth season of the series. Although the actress did not claim that her compensation affected the decision, her earlier fight for equal pay had challenged viewers as to why she was leaving the show.
Rossum, 31, wrote on Thursday in a long Facebook post that she would go the show, which gave her "real connections, real friendships that bring us back to season season after season" and that her departure is "hard to put into words was feelings ".
The Phantom of the Opera star added: "See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I am an only child.I never had a big family.It caught in this messy love of the Gallagher family being is something I've always dreamed of, but even on set it feels real, watching the kids grow into the strong, talented, independent people that they are. "
She also praised her character and called Fiona "stratified and dynamic … wild, faulty and sexually liberated" before concluding, " I know you're going to continue without me now, there's a lot more Gallagher story to tell, I'll always dig for my family, try not to think of me like you're gone, remember I'm going down the block. "
In the J In 2016, Rossum broke the salary with the show's producers, forcing the network, Showtime, to delay the eighth-season renewal.
Rossum is the show's female lead, but was paid less than her male counterpart William H. Macy, who plays Fiona's absent father Frank. For the new season, Rossum wanted more than him to compensate for seven years lower paychecks.
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But after a few years, Rossum said at the 2017 Vulture Festival, "The leadership started feeling somehow shared … I loved the show, I loved everyone in I wanted to go on with it, but I just wanted it feels right. "
In December 2016, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Rossum and Warner Bros. had reached an agreement whereby Rossum excitedly played the news on Twitter
" Fiona Gallagher was one of the great Privileges of my life, "she tweeted. "I'm so happy to continue my SHAMELESS family! Back to work in May!"
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Macy, who said Rossum was a major source of support during pay discussions, has also talked openly about the topic.
"It's a breeze," said the actor PEOPLE. Now in November, if Rossum deserves equal pay. "It's just somehow obvious Emmy is in most scenes, she works harder than anyone else, she's a brilliant actress, she's the glue of the cast."
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Macy also spoke highly of the production crew involved in the negotiations.
"I love working for Showtime and [showrunner] John Wells," he said. "Let's be honest – it's their job to get the actors as cheap as possible, and it was a good spin … They're great men and women I work for, and they're doing the right thing."