'Shameless': After Emmy Rossum, Cameron Monaghan says goodbye to Gallaghers
Emmy Rossum, the woman who brought Fiona to life on 'Shameless' is on her way out and now her bipolar TV brother Ian, portrayed by Cameron Monaghan, is following suit
Showtime's 'Shameless' has portrayed by the best white trash American family for nine seasons now, but all that is going to change soon. It’s not an overstatement to say that it’s not a great time for you if you are a fan of Gallaghers.
Earlier this year, we learned that Emmy Rossum, the woman who brought Fiona to life, is on her way out. Now, her bipolar TV brother Ian, portrayed by Cameron Monaghan, is following suit. Monaghan officially made the announcement on Instagram on Monday, October 8 along with a series of photos with castmates.
Monaghan’s career is at an all-time high, complete with a recurring role as ‘Gotham’ villain Joker, movie ‘Anthem of A Teenage Prophet’ in which he worked with his girlfriend Peyton List and Lea Thompson’s directorial debut ‘The Year of Spectacular Men.’ It makes sense that he wants to explore other avenues.
Unlike Rossum’s hasty exit, though, it seems like Monaghan’s exit was more thought out, with the actor claiming that he knew that the upcoming episode of the show would be his last. “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,” he ended the announcement, signing off with the promise of a potential reunion in the future.
A similar promise has been made with regards to Rossum as well, with executive producer John Wells revealing last month that, while her exit is “painful, wonderful, exciting and a little frightening," which requires him to rewrite the end of the ongoing season, specifically episodes 13 and 14, he is hoping for her return.
“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,” he had said.
With the exit of Fiona and Ian, though, we wonder if ‘Shameless’ would have the same appeal as it has had over the years.