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What the Heck! Stana Katic Won't Return for Season 9 of 'Castle'

Both Beckett and Lanie are officially out.

What the Heck! Stana Katic Won't Return for Season 9 of 'Castle'
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What is Castle without Beckett?

The TV world basically turned up upside down today after ABC announced that Stana Katic won't return to Season 9 of Castle. That's right, folks, badass Detective Kate Beckett is officially dunzo. Yeah, we can't wrap our heads around this shocking news either. Oh, but wait — there's another terrible shake up! Tamala Jones will not return as Lanie Parish either. Basically, all the integral female characters on Castle are leaving. Seriously?!

Earlier today, Katic released a brief statement about the surprising turn of events. “Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.”

Wow, Katic deserves a round of applause for keeping her head up high during this horrible time. Undoubtedly, her departure is catastrophic in the eyes of die-hard Castle fans. After all, Beckett provided just the right amount of balance to Castle's off-kilter, balls-to-the-walls personality. Can the show even survive without her? We highly doubt it.

So how will Beckett be written out? Co-showrunner Alexi Hawley explained that the Season 8 finale will end “in a very dynamic way which leaves open the possibility that maybe the show won’t come back in the same form.” Both Castle and Beckett's lives will be in jeopardy, thus allowing the show the opportunity to kill off Beckett.

Earlier today, ABC released a statement to explain the bizarre decision. “Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past 8 years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.”

The beloved ABC show will most likely return for a shortened ninth season that will consist of 13 episodes. For months, Nathan Fillion has been in negotiations for a new contract while Katic was never approached to re-up her contract. Both Katic and Jones were informed last week that they won't be returning due to budgetary reasons. WOW!

“I’ve had so much fun playing the wonderful and unfiltered Lanie over the past eight seasons,” Jones stated. “I will greatly miss the cast and crew – it’s been a privilege getting to work with this incredibly hard working group of people. Thank you to ABC for this opportunity and to the fans for their unwavering support. It’s been an incredible journey and I can’t wait for what lies ahead!”

We'll miss you irrevocably, Beckett and Lanie. Castle will not be the same without you.

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