Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Gillian Anderson Confirms Her Exit From FOX's 'The X-Files'

Gillian Anderson Confirms Her Exit From FOX's 'The X-Files'

Gillian Anderson wants to make it crystal clear that this revival run as Dana Scully will be her last as America's favorite skeptic dragged through hell.

During a panel organized as part of the Television Critics Association's (TCA) winter press tour on Wednesday, Anderson said that she won't return for any future seasons of the Fox series.

The 11th series, comprising 10 episodes, has recently started airing in the USA, and Anderson has said she will now step down from the show because "it's time for me to hang up Scully's hat".

"The X-Files" star Gillian Anderson said that she chose to leave the Fox series because there are a lot of things she wants to do in her life and in her acting career. "I have so much respect but I'm finished and that's the end of that". The actress twice confirmed her departure, stating that she has "said from the beginning this is it for me", and that her "understanding was that this [the revival] was a single season". "And they all went and did the show without me, so how do you like that?"

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"I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye", she added. "There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career and it's been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful".

While Chris Carter has stated he won't do more X-Files without Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny wasn't as concrete as he told reporters if Carter made a decision to do more episodes or not, he would be "good either way". Duchovny, 57, joked. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember". And does backstory on a major X-Files character not count as mythology? I'm good either way.

Gillian Anderson has officially shut the door on returning to the long running sci-fi series after the 10 episodes season wraps up on FOX later this year.

X-Files executive producers Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan and James Wong were on hand to discuss the 11th season and upcoming episodes, which they wrote and directed. But she has become more reflective of Scully, and what the show has meant to her. But it's not as if Anderson's taking a break - she's already set to star in two films due for release this year, The Spy Who Dumped Me and Andorra.

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