Stana Katic talks Castle departure, leading up to Absentia US premiere


Trust us, we’re not here to try and re-open old wounds when it comes to the Stana Katic – Castle crisis from back in 2016. We’ve just never gotten a good sense of her take on the subject before now.

For those who want a refresher, or those who may not have heard, here’s what happened — following what was already a controversial eighth season of Castle ABC Studios chose to go ahead and negotiate new deals for some of their cast members — but not Katic and Tamala Jones. The move was a combination of infuriating and maddening at the time and it feels even worse today in an era where we are talking about equality and respect in the workplace. Two of the show’s prominent female cast members were being booted while many of the men had an opportunity to stay put. ABC the network decided not to renew the show for a ninth season, which quieted the PR nightmare — just not to the point where we forgot about it. The very idea of continuing without Kate Beckett in particular felt disrespectful and against the whole premise of what Castle was in the first place.

Now, Katic is saying that she still doesn’t have all of the answers behind what happened. Stana posted on Twitter this week a page from the latest Entertainment Weekly featuring an interview with her. It may be rather hard to read some of her thoughts regarding Castle, so we’ve transcribed a part of it below to make it easier:

“I’m actually still not clear on the thought process behind the way that it went down. It hurt and it was a harsh ending, but now, nearly two years later … I met so many beautiful people on that project, and we collaborated on something really unique. It would be a disservice to those people, to the work we did together, and to my work, which I feel contributed, in part, to the success of the show, to be anything but grateful.”

Katic is as classy as you would have expected in her response here, and she has clearly moved on to be able to star in her own project with a worldwide audience. Absentia has already premiered in much of the world and its US launch will take place on Amazon Friday.

Personally, we recognize that Castle season 8 existed (it’d be a shame to discount any of the cast or crew’s work), but for us we’re probably to continue to recognize seasons 3-6 as largely the golden years of the series.

Want to see some more buildup to the premiere? Then be sure to check out this article. Also, you can like CarterMatt on Facebook for additional news regarding Absentia whenever you want it. (Photo: ABC.)


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