Stana Katic's controversial Castle firing left her confused and hurt.
Stana Katic was released from the ABC drama series 'Castle' four years ago, but the recollection of the memory still haunts the actress.
The 42-year-old who portrayed Det. Kate Beckett and the romantic interest of the central character of the series, Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion), was part of the network for eight years before getting kicked out of the show for budgetary reasons, allegedly.
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As per Daily Mail, the actress was "confused" and "hurt" when she found out she wasn't going to be back for the ninth season.
Katic added, “Time has passed, and I am so thankful to have been a part of that project [and] for it to have affected as many people as it did. People loved [Kate and Nathan Fillion’s Rick as a] couple, and loved the story we told, loved all of those characters."
Back in 2016, ABC also announced the longtime cast member Tamala Jones would no longer feature as M.E. Lanie Parish. The network said in a statement:
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.'
Meanwhile, Katic who is married to her husband Kris Brkljac 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.”
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A couple of years later, after the multimillionaire star had time to think about all the events, she told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m actually still not clear on the thought process behind the way that it went down. ... It hurt, and it was a harsh ending.”
Amid all the fuss, Castle was later canceled and failed to make it to season 9 after all.