Cop, out.
Stana Katic will not be a part of Castle Season 9, as part of a cast shake-up that reportedly is designed to help cut costs for the aging procedural. Sources confirm for TVLine that which our sister site Deadline first reported, that Katic, whose one-year extension has expired, was not asked back for the fall. Nor was longtime cast member Tamala Jones, who plays Lanie.
In a statement on the situation, Katic said, “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.”
ABC meanwhile issued this statement to Deadline, which stops short of confirming Katic’s exit: “Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past eight 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.“