Gillian Anderson confirmed rumors Wednesday during the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour that she is walking away from her long celebrated role as Agent Scully on ‘The X-files’.
It’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. It just is,” she told reporters Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reports. “I’m finished and that’s the end of that. I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again … and getting to play these wonderful characters again. I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we’re running.
I wouldn’t necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye,” she added. “There’s lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career and it’s been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful.”
While we respect her decision, it is heartbreaking that she is saying goodbye to the hit series. There is no word yet if David Duchovny will also turn in his badge.
‘The X-Files’ is not the only character she’s saying goodbye to. She also confirmed that she is exiting ‘American Gods’ in which she plays the role of goddess Media. Media often appears as celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie, and Lucille Ball.
I’m not doing any more American Gods. Bryan and Michael Green aren’t either, as has been announced.”
Her decision to leave may have been influenced by the fact that the series showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael green left the Starz show. Kristin Chenoweth, who played the goddess Easter, has also hinted that she might not return for the second season of ‘American Gods’.
Watch season 11 of ‘The X-Files’ Wednesday nights on Fox.