Shortly after the news of Emmy Rossum’s departure from Shameless broke everyone’s heart, another cast member announced he’ll be following in her footsteps. Cameron Monaghan who came of age in front of our eyes as troubled Ian Gallagher is also leaving Showtime’s hit series.
Monaghan knew he’ll be exiting the series long before making it official, but stayed quiet because he didn’t want to spoil the surprise for the fans. He wanted them to experience Ian’s unsure journey with him for one last time, after almost a decade of portraying this iconic character.
“I was very lucky to mature and grow with this show. 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,” wrote Cameron Monaghan in an emotional Instagram post.
The young actor acknowledged the fact this show helped him mature as an actor, a professional, and a human and gain friends, family, and the best coworkers he could ask for.
You can see him next in superhero series Gotham and upcoming thriller The White Devil.
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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?