Another Shameless Actor Is Quitting the Show—and This Week's Episode Is Their Last

It’s been over a month since Emmy Rossum announced that she’d be leaving Showtime’s hit family dramedy, Shameless, after nine seasons on the show as the eldest Gallagher kid Fiona. And it turns out she’s not the only one bouncing; Cameron Monaghan, who plays the third oldest Gallagher kid Ian is also making his exit.

On Tuesday, Monaghan made the announcement with a sentimental Instagram post. “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,” he wrote. “The next episode will be my last. 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. “

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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. 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. The next episode will be my last. 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?

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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. 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. The next episode will be my last. 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?

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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. 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. The next episode will be my last. 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?

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Monaghan is leaving just after the series hit the three digit mark. “We’ve gotten to do 100 episodes of this thing that we love doing and that we care about,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s this strange mix of comedy and drama and everything we didn’t know if people were going to like, and the fact that they continue to like it and the audience has continued to grow over the course of 100 hour-long stories is pretty phenomenal.”

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Hi folks, we’re reaching our 100th episode of Shameless and I just wanted to thank you all for supporting us and watching us all these years. It’s been such an amazing journey and opportunity. #Shameless ?

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Monaghan’s character Ian has gone through a lot over the years—coming to terms with his sexuality, illegally enlisting in the army, going through his bipolar disorder issues, and leading his own Church as “gay Jesus.” And in the next episode, the sixth of this season, all loose ends for the character’s narrative arc will be tied up neatly—or, you know, as neatly as is possible for a family as messy as the Gallaghers!

“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,” Monaghan wrote. “Goodbye, Ian Clayton Gallagher. We’ll meet again?”

Watch Shameless on Showtime, Sundays at 9PM (EST).

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