Speaking to Deadline in a new interview discussing last night’s episode, VanCamp confirmed that much of the reason behind her departure had to do with family — she recently welcomed a baby, and also wanted to spend more time with her husband and family after the virus took so much away from her over the past year and a half:
“It’s such a bittersweet moment for me. I loved doing The Resident so much for the four years I was on it. Oftentimes you hear about someone exiting a show because something bad had happened or there was some bad blood. But in this case, it’s the exact opposite. There’s nothing but love and respect between all of us and this decision was not an easy one for anybody but it was the right one for me, personally. I’m grateful that I was met with understanding and compassion,” she shared.
“We started talking about [my leaving] awhile ago. I spent so many years on network television, but then suddenly priorities shifted. I think there comes a moment in every woman’s life—in every person’s life—where it becomes less about work and more about family, and that’s what happened while I was making the show. Doing that many episodes in a different city and then you add [the pandemic] to that, most of us couldn’t see our families for almost a year. It really solidified for me that family is where my heart is at the moment.”
Emily is not the only TV star who has expressed these thoughts as of late; the travel aspect of things has been the hardest for so many performers, as they often do not live in the same city that they work in. We’ll probably hear even more about some of these stories over the next few days.
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