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‘Castle’ stars Stana Katic, Tamala Jones leaving ABC show ahead of possible 9th season

ABC's "Castle" star Stana Katic will not be

ABC's "Castle" star Stana Katic will not be returning to the show, has reported. Here, the actress arrives at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday, Feb., 27, 2016. Credit: Getty Images

With the fate of a possible ninth season undetermined, “Castle” producer ABC Studios is not renewing the contracts of series co-star Stana Katic and supporting actress Tamala Jones. reported Monday that Katic, 37 — who plays NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett opposite Nathan Fillion as mystery novelist and sleuth Richard Castle — and Jones, 41, who portrays medical examiner Lanie Parish, would not return. The site said budgetary considerations were the reasons.

Katic told Deadline, “Rather than 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.”

Jones also thanked fans and ABC, and told the site, “I’ve had so much fun playing the wonderful and unfiltered Lanie over the past eight seasons. I will greatly miss the cast and crew — it’s been a privilege getting to work with this incredibly hard working group of people . . . It’s been an incredible journey and I can’t wait for what lies ahead!” She later tweeted that the show had “been an amazing ride! Family is what we are & I love u all!!!”

The show’s network, ABC, said in a statement, “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 Season 8 finale, “Crossfire,” is scheduled to air May 16. Showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter told Saturday that they were preparing an alternate version that could serve as a series finale.

We have crafted a final scene that would exist only if we weren’t coming back,” Hawley said, “one that we don’t really want to get into . . . ,” he began.

“ . . . because our hope is that it never airs,” Winter finished.

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