Gillian Anderson confirms she’s leaving The X-Files

The actress confirmed on Wednesday at the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour that she won’t return for any future X-Files seasons.

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Gillian Anderson (Photo: Stephen Busken)

It has not been a good week for Gillian Anderson fans. The actress’ iconic character Dana Scully was served an unpleasant plot twist in the Jan. 3 episode of The X-Files, and the actress confirmed on Wednesday at the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour that she won’t return for any future X-Files seasons.

“It’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. It just is,” she told reporters Wednesday, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m finished and that’s the end of that. I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again … and getting to play these wonderful characters again. I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself that short stack of episodes felt like we were leaning how to walk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we’re running.”

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