Philadelphia (CW Philly) — Overwatch, out. After seven years of portraying the smart and quirky Felicity Smoak, A.K.A. Overwatch, Emily Bett Rickards is leaving Arrow ahead of its final season. The actress announced the news on Instagram on Saturday, March 30.
“Felicity and I are a very tight two, but after one through seven, we will be saying goodbye to you,” Rickards wrote in part. See below for her full farewell message.
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❤️🖤💛💕💜💙 The time has come to talk of many memes. Of bows and arrows and superheroes and Olicity and Queens And why TGA is so damn hot And yes, canaries need more scenes… But wait just one minute before we go and do all of that For this makes me out of breath To have this not small chat Felicity and I are a very tight two But after one through seven we will be saying goodbye to you I thank you all for the time we’ve shared The elevators we have climbed The monsters we have faced and scared And The burgers we have dined I will keep her in my heart for always And I hope that you can too Because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you 💕 Love, Felicity and Me
After the big announcement, Arrow’s executive producers, Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz, issued the following statement:
“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily since season one and in those past seven years she has brought one of TV’s most beloved characters to life, and although we’re heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we’re completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors. She will always have a family at Arrow.”
Rickards’ on-screen husband Stephen Amell posted a throwback photo on Twitter of Felicity’s Arrow debut from seven years ago.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 30, 2019
The Green Arrow also shared his thoughts on his co-star’s exit on his Instagram Story. “I need until Monday. For now, I love you,” Amell wrote.
Will you miss seeing Felicity in the show’s final season? Sound off in the comments!