Gillian Anderson Is Also Leaving American Gods: Actress Confirms Exit And Explains More On X-Files Departure

During a panel yesterday for the American Critics Association Winter press tour, Gillian Anderson reconfirmed that she would not be returning to X-Files after the current ten episode run along with dropping some other unexpected news, tells the Hollywood Reporter

The X-Files star explained a little bit more about her decision to not continue with The X-Files. The actress said at the panel that she had originally thought the previous long-awaited six-episode set would be it.

“It was dipping our toe back in again… and getting to play those wonderful characters again.” Anderson told the press. “…that short stack… felt like we were learning how to walk again and this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we’re running.”

She said it was time to hang up Scully’s hat for good. “I’m finished, and that’s the end of that.” She also said she was hugely grateful for the extraordinary opportunity she had been given by the X-Files and the character Scully.

Along with giving more details on her The X-Files departure, Anderson has also made it clear that she will not be returning to Starz’s American Gods for its second season, following the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, news that was quite surprising.

In American Gods, Anderson was a huge hit as new god Media, manifesting by turns as Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and Judy Garland.  Anderson earned critical and audience praise for her chameleon performances and embodiment of each identity.

The series, based on Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name, is set around a war between old and new gods. New gods of money, tech and media are the rising powers in the pantheon, eclipsing their mythological forerunners.

The news of Fuller and Green’s departure, reportedly over budget restrictions, has left the timing of series 2 in doubt. Now confirmation that the second series will definitely not see Anderson, and could possibly lose Kristen Chenoweth’s Easter too, could combine with that to change the series’ dynamic irretrievably.

Many scripts for series 2 had already been produced by Fuller and Green before their departure. But there was never any indication of how many episodes were planned for series two after the premium cable network offered a lightning renewal.

Currently there is no news on the replacements for Fuller and Green, or how Anderson’s or Chenoweth’s departures will be handled.

Carolyn Hucker

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