The Gallagher family is continuing to shrink. Cameron Monaghan has announced he’s leaving the popular Showtime series “Shameless.”
Monaghan, who plays Ian Gallagher, announced his departure Monday evening on Instagram saying that:
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?
Monaghan’s departure is the second member of the Gallagher clan to call it quits. Prior to the beginning of the program’s ninth season, Emmy Rossum, who plays Fiona, also said that she would be stepping away as well.
While the show will not be the same without neither Ian or Fiona, it’s understandable that both actors would want to do something else.