'Shameless' creator John Wells on how Emmy Rossum's Fiona will exit the show: "We're not going to hit her with a bus!"

Right ahead of its ninth season's remiere, 'Shameless' actor, Emmy Rossum, announced that she'll be quitting the show after this season.


                            'Shameless' creator John Wells on how Emmy Rossum's Fiona will exit the show: "We're not going to hit her with a bus!"

It's been weeks since Emmy Rossum's sudden announcement of leaving Showtime's popular dramedy - 'Shameless' - broke fans' hearts worldwide; meanwhile here, we're still trying to cope and process the shock. It has crashed so heavily on fans that most of them haven't been able to enjoy the show's ninth season properly ever since its premiere three weeks ago. Because no matter how messy, ridiculous and radical the Gallaghers might get, the overbearing realization of this being Emmy aka Fiona Gallagher's last season on the series keeps pricking every now and that. And that has raised the inevitable question: How exactly will Emmy/Fiona depart from the show?

True, we have done a pretty neat speculation of possible ways to exit Fiona from the show in the past, but 'Shameless' creator John Wells, and actor William H. Macy - who plays the role of Frank (Fiona's good-for-nothing father) on the show - finally have some concrete hints for us.

(L-R) Actor William H. Macy, executive producer John Wells and actress Emmy Rossum attend the premiere reception for Showtime's 'Shameless' Season 2 at Haus Los Angeles on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
(L-R) Actor William H. Macy, executive producer John Wells and actress Emmy Rossum attend the premiere reception for Showtime's 'Shameless' Season 2 at Haus Los Angeles on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wells spoke about Emmy's decision to quit the show after nine-successful seasons where she portrayed the character of Fiona beyond spectacularly. "It's painful, wonderful, exciting and a little frightening," he said about the idea of Emmy leaving. "We're rewriting the end of this season. I'm rethinking episodes 13 and 14, so we can deal with Fiona leaving in a way that feels true to the show and also sets us up for more storytelling in the future. Everything that we'll do with Fiona leaving and then hopefully returning at some point in the future — should Emmy choose to — will be based on that basic premise that these are damaged people who still really love each other and pull together to get through things."

But then - how exactly is this smooth exist going to happen? Are they completely wiping the character off, or worse - killing her for good? "Well, we're not going to hit her with a bus!" Wells assures fans. But Macy, who was also a part of the same interview, explained: "The (Gallagher) family is growing up, and they don't need "Mom" anymore. And Fiona was the mom. There's nothing holding her down."

So worry not, fans. Rest easy. The mothership might be detaching to explore her horizons, but Wells isn't exactly unprepared on the category to sail the show ahead without the presence of Emmy Rossum. "Not to suggest that I won't miss Emmy, but the reality is that everyone is ultimately replaceable," he told THR. "Fifteen years of ER proved that to me. We went through three separate casts. The original Shameless' Fiona left after six episodes. The bigger surprise has been that we've gone on this long!"