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Another Shameless star to exit

Cameron Monaghan is following in Emmy Rossum’s footsteps and leaving “Shameless”.

The actor, who has been a regular playing sibling Ian on the Showtime dramedy since the pilot, announced on Instagram that this season will – like Rossum – be his last.

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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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While it’s likely “Shameless” will struggle without a couple of its mainstays, co-star William H.Macy has stated he’d be willing to stick around for a couple more seasons.

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