Christopher Abbott (aka “Charlie”) Quits “Girls”

Christopher Abbott who plays Marnie’s love interest, Charlie, on “Girls” is reportedly leaving the show.

On Thursday, April 4, The New York Post (followed shortly by Rolling Stone Magazine) broke the news that Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie, will be leaving the cast of “Girls.” Apparently he was at odds with Lena Dunham and did notlike the direction she was taking the show. According to the article, “Abbott’s rep confirmed his departure, telling us: ‘[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire ‘Girls’ cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show.’ Abbott appeared in indie movie “Burma” at SXSW last month. And Dunham’s shaken up the writing staff for the new season.”

Viewers have reacted en-mass on Twitter, as Rolling Stone reports in a follow-up article, because *SPOILER ALERTS* at the end of season two Marnie and Charlie get back together. Now that Dunham has begun production for season three, how can she possibly write Charlie off of the show smoothly? The plot just won’t make sense, which presents Dunham with a rather large challenge; either she will flop and “Girls” will go downhill with the discontinuity, or Lena will somehow pull it off and continue in her golden path towards television series greatness. Only time will tell.

I don’t know about you, but this whole stint sure makesme want to catch up to the end of season two and see what happens. Perhaps it is a pr stunt? According to HBO’s published schedule, “Girls” is definitely renewed for a third season and will be filming soon. The premiere date still remains TBA, but it sure will be an interesting episode to kick off season three.


2 thoughts on “Christopher Abbott (aka “Charlie”) Quits “Girls”

  1. It is interesting how you used this post to talk about what is happening in the media as related to the show you’ve been following. Great use of sources, and I liked the “spoiler alert” notice. It will be interesting to see how Dunham deals with this situation, as any time an actor leaves a show it seems to have a negative effect, even if that effect is only negative press. Is there any reason we know of which may explain that this may be a PR move, or are people mostly in agreement that Christopher Abbott’s sudden exit from Girls is more related to a clash of personalities?

    • Thank you! I personally thought it could be a pr stunt because of the recent one with Maker’s Mark (although that actually was not a stunt, but the media speculated that it could have been). It was just something in the back of my mind. As far as I have heard, it really was just a disagreement between Abbott and Dunham. I completely agree though that actors leaving usually negatively affects the show, but I think Lena Dunham is pretty crafy and may be able to spin this in her favor. Guess we will see once season 3 starts!

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