Why did Maisie Richardson-Sellers leave Legends of Tomorrow?

The actress confirmed her departure from the series after the season 5 finale

Why did Maisie Richardson-Sellers leave Legends of Tomorrow? 13

While most of the main cast members of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are returning for its upcoming season 6, one of the few stars that won’t be coming back to the show is Maisie Richardson-Sellers.

Richardson-Sellers’ departure from the CW series was announced by showrunner Phil Klemmer after the season 5 finale aired last June. “This was something that was well over a year in the works,
Klemmer told TVLine of the actress’ exit from the show. “We knew that [Maisie] was wanting to make her mark as a filmmaker on her own, and so that allowed us to craft a story that would, hopefully, make for a satisfying conclusion. The finale was sort of all about her.”

After saving the world from her sister Lachesis’ (Sarah Strange) control at the end of the season 5 finale, Charlie (Richardson-Seller), aka Clotho, bid farewell to the rest of the Waverider crew and decided to stay behind in 1970s London with her punk band The Smell.

“For me, it’s so bittersweet, bringing it back to that punk club and The Smell,” Klemmer said of how Charlie’s story ended. “The good thing is that people are allowed to come back and have come back.”

Richardson-Sellers made her Legends of Tomorrow debut as Amaya Jiwe, aka Vixen, in season 2. In season 4, the actress began taking on the role of Charlie, who was revealed to be the Greek goddess Clotho early in season 5.

Richardson-Sellers confirmed her departure from the series in a since-deleted tweet that read: “Thank you for your endless love and support. Amaya and Charlie have brought me so much joy these past 4 years, and you are THE MOST kind, generous, inclusive fan base a show could hope for. Never change. I can’t wait to share the projects I’m currently creating. Love you all.”

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Since season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow ended, Richardson-Sellers has appeared as Chloe Winthrop on Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 2 and is expected to reprise the role in The Kissing Booth 3.

Aside from Richardson-Sellers, other Legends of Tomorrow season 5 main cast members who won’t be back for season 6 are Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford. The real-life husband and wife, who played Ray Palmer and Nora Darhk, respectively, left the show midway through season 5.

Legends of Tomorrow season 6 is set to premiere on Sunday, May 2nd at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.