Abbott makes an exit from Girls
Published 04/04/2013 | 15:07
Lena Dunham's hit show Girls is set to say goodbye to Christopher Abbott.
The actor, who plays Marnie Michaels' on-off boyfriend Charlie Dattolo in the HBO series, has "abruptly" quit the show because he "didn't like the direction things are going in", reported New York Post's Page Six.
His spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: "He is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow, producer], 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."
Christopher's decision comes as his character seemed to be gaining prominence in the second series, with Charlie rekindling his romance with Marnie (Allison Williams).
Sources revealed that the actor and Lena - who created the programme and stars as aspiring writer Hannah Horvath - had clashed during production of the next series.
"They've just started work on season three, and Chris is at odds with Lena. He didn't like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map," the insider said.
Christopher has previously admitted that he's not entirely happy with his alter-ego being a push-over, telling Vulture: "If there was another character I could play on the show, which I think is impossible, I think I would. But the show is always evolving, and even in the first season, there were moments when Charlie got to fight back a little bit."