Jennifer Morrison Won’t Be A Regular If Once Upon A Time Returns

Jennifer Morrison has been part of Once Upon A Time since the show premiered. She was already well known for her role on the series House, her role of Zoey on How I Met Your Mother and of course playing Winona Kirk in the new Stark Trek films. But with the ABC series planning a re-imagining if it is renewed for another season, the actress has announced on instagram that she would not be a series regular. That’s not to say she is done with Emma Swan. The character could return as a guest star or recurring role, but just not as one of the leads.

 

As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular. After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on. Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has changed my life in the most beautiful ways. I am absolutely blown away by the passion and commitment of the Oncer fans. I am so honored to have been a central part of such a special show. I will be forever grateful to Adam, Eddy, and ABC for giving me the gift of playing Emma Swan. As I move on to other creative endeavors, I will continue to attend the fan conventions whenever my professional schedule allows. I always look forward meeting the fans. If ABC Network does in fact order a season 7, I have agreed to appear in one episode, and I will most certainly continue to watch ONCE UPON A TIME. The creativity of the show runners has always inspired me, and I cannot wait to see the ways that they continue to develop and reinvent the show. #Onceuponatime #EmmaSwan #UglyDucklings

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ABC had approached her and three other cast members about staying on with the changes. Robert Carlyle, Lana Parilla and Colin O’Donoghue are expected to return.

The two-hour season finale airs May 14th.

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