December 18, 2018

Why Gillian Anderson Is Saying Goodbye to The X-Files Forever

13 January 2018, 01:20 | Regina Holmes

Gillian Anderson Confirms She's Exiting Fox's 'The X-Files,' Starz's 'American Gods'

How to watch The X-Files season 11, episode 2 online

If you've been keeping up with the television news world lately, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that Gillian Anderson is exiting the beloved sci-fi series The X-Files after the current season (season 11) comes to an end. That being said, it seems Anderson is content with where she's leaving Scully.

"It wasn't suggested that now is a new series, but I'm serious", said Anderson. "It just is", she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I have so much respect for these guys", she said of her colleagues, "but I'm finished and thats the end of that..."

She explained that she wasn't intending to do two series, but after only six episodes in the tenth season, she felt she couldn't part with Scully there. "As [creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again, and that this season of ten episodes feels like the pace is up and we're running". I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious. There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and my career.

The 49-year-old also revealed she is walking away from American Gods after just one season, following showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green out the door after they clashed with producers Fremantle over the season two budget. "Bryan and Michael Green aren't either, as has been announced".

Anderson continued: "I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six [episodes from season 10] were how we said goodbye..." Her co-star, David "Fox Mulder" Duchovny, posted a sweet message on Twitter. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off now that I remember!" With this section of the monster-of-the-week Federal Bureau of Investigation show in its second season (eleventh overall), one of its stars is done for good - and has opened up as to why.

However, with FOX also confirming that the X-Files won't be continuing if Scully is gone, fans have still been craving some closure as to what is making Anderson leave.

Obviously, Anderson's role as Scully has been the most well-known performance of her career, with the character stretching across almost 25 years.

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