‘Castle’ star out: Penny Johnson Jerald Castle
Published: May 30, 2015
‘Castle’ star out: Penny Johnson Jerald Castle, “Castle” Season 8 will be missing its captain. Actress Penny Johnson Jerald, who has been playing Captain Victoria Gates since 2011, has announced she will not be a part of the show’s upcoming eighth season.
“To my ‘Castle’ fans around the world, as of late yesterday I am surprised and saddened to learn that I will no longer be a part of the ‘Castle’ family,” the actress tweets Friday (May 29). “Thank you all for your support and love.”
ABC has not returned Zap2it’s request for comment on the reason behind Jerald’s sudden exit at this time.
Changes are to be expected for the long-running procedural’s upcoming season, as it is under the new leadership of co-showrunners Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley.
Also fans will remember Beckett (Stana Katic) was being considered for captain at the end of Season 7 and rocked her exam, so there is a strong possibility she could be taking over in Gates’ absence.
“Castle” devotees aren’t taking the news well, judging by the replies on Twitter.
@btwprod WHAT?! nooooo. This is really sad. I’ll miss seeing you on Castle
— Pally (@Paladin356) May 30, 2015
@btwprod what!!! This made me teary I was getting ready to fall asleep and saw this tweet
— sharrie mccain (@really_sharrie) May 30, 2015
@btwprod NOOOOOOOOO WHAT THIS CAN’T BE
— Ivybeth (@CaskettIsMyDrug) May 30, 2015
@btwprod What?!?!?! Omg, that’s so sad! Castle won’t be the same without you!
— Beca Greenfield (@BecaGreenfield) May 30, 2015
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