‘Once Upon a Time’: Jennifer Morrison exiting after 6 seasons as Emma Swann gets her happy ending

Just hours after her character, Emma Swann, got her happy ending with Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) on a musical episode of “Once Upon a Time,” Jennifer Morrison confirmed she won’t be returning to the show for a seventh season if ABC renews this Sunday night staple. The actress made the announcement via a lengthy post on Instagram (reprinted below). Morrison, along with Donoghue, Robert Carlyle and Lana Parrilla had been invited to be part of the reboot of the show.

This coming Sunday’s two-hour finale will introduce two new characters including a young man who has lost hope and now lives as a recluse. Could he be a grown-up version of Henry (Jared Gilmore), the boy whose search for his birth mother Emma to the dismay of his adoptive mother Regina (Parrilla) kicked off the series back in 2011.

“Once Upon a Time” co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis praised their leading lady in a statement: “The past six years of collaborating with Jennifer as Emma Swan have been truly magical. Watching her breathe life into Emma, she accomplished more than we could have dreamed possible. She gave life to a brand-new Disney Princess, filled with strength and intelligence and an incredible closet full of red leather jackets We’ll miss seeing her every day, but her imprint upon ‘Once Upon a Time’ is indelible. She will always be a part of the show and its heart and soul.”

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In turn, Morrison’s full statement reads as follows:

“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 Timehas 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.”

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