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Riverdale’s Skeet Ulrich and Marisol Nichols Are Leaving the Show

At this point, Riverdale fans are used to the wild turns in the show’s plots. From demonic possessions to Archie’s turn in a prison fight club, the CW show is not afraid to get weird on the regular.

Now, another twist is coming by way of two season one cast members leaving the show at the end of the current fourth season. Skeet Ulrich, who plays Jughead’s dad F.P. Jones, and Marisol Nichols, who stars as Veronica’s mom Hermione Lodge, are both set to depart. In a statement to Deadline, Ulrich said, “I’m incredibly grateful for the friendships I’ve made on Riverdale, and I will miss seeing everyone on a daily basis. I’m proud to have been part of such a talented group of people, in front of the camera and behind. But I’ve decided that it’s time for me to move on to explore other creative opportunities.”

The actor also posted about his departure on Instagram. “I can’t even begin to thank you all for the unwavering support and love!! It is remarkable and deeply appreciated. I may be leaving Riverdale but my experience over the last four years will never leave my heart. A very special thanks to @writerras for giving me this opportunity ❤️”

“I had an incredible time bringing Hermione Lodge to life and working with my amazing cast, who became family,” Nichols said in a statement. “We had so many wonderful times together during the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. We really do have the best fans ever. I am looking forward to the next chapter and am excited about the future.”

“Okay, it’s official,” she wrote on Twitter. “Best fans ever. Been reading all ur tweets. Tku for the love & support. We’re still filming Riverdale till April so still more to come, and then 1 month till #spiral #saw movie comes out! Beyond excited. Nothing but ❤️ for all of u.😍”

While it’s not yet clear how the characters will be written off, Riverdale‘s creator made it clear this is just how things go on the show. “Part of life in Riverdale—and part of growing up—is saying goodbye to people,” Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Deadline. “I’m grateful to Skeet and Marisol for their incredible work on the show these last four years, and we all wish them well on their future endeavors. FP and Hermione will never be far from our hearts. And, of course, they’re always welcome back in Riverdale.”

Riverdale has already been renewed for a fifth season.

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