Emily Bett Rickards to Leave “Arrow”

Emily Bett Rickards. Photo by Aurora Rose/Starpix/REX/Shutterstock (5626957dg)

The actress is set to leave Arrow ahead its final season. 

Emily Bett Rickards who plays Felicity Smoak in The CW’s superhero drama will leave the show before it goes into its eight and final season. She made the announcement Saturday on social Media. 

“Felicity and I are a very tight two, but after one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you,” Rickards shared on Instagram. “I thank you all for the time we’ve shared. The elevators we have climbed. The monsters we have faced and scared. And The burgers we have dined.”

She continued, “I will keep her in my heart for always, and I hope that you can too because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you.”

Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz released a statement, reading: “We’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily since season one and in those past seven years she has brought one of TV’s most beloved characters to life. And although we’re heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we’re completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors. She will always have a family at Arrow.”

The final season of Arrow is slated to air during the 2019-2020 broadcast season.