Why did Madeleine Mantock leave Charmed?

Madeleine Mantock is not reprising her role as Macy Vaughn in Charmed season 4

Why did Madeleine Mantock leave Charmed? 16
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Charmed is losing one of its main stars.

Madeleine Mantock, who has played eldest sister Macy Vaughn since the reboot debuted on The CW in 2018, will not be returning for season 4 of the fantasy drama series.

Mantock announced on Monday that she will be leaving the show after the season 3 finale, which will air on Friday.

“Playing Macy on Charmed for the last three seasons has been an immense privilege and I have so enjoyed working with our fantastic producers, creatives, cast and crew,” Mantock said in a statement to TVLine, which broke the news. “I’m incredibly grateful to The CW and CBS Studios for my time on the show and for being a brilliant support in my difficult decision to leave. Huge thanks to our fans who can look forward to, what I know will be, a spectacular fourth season.”

It’s not exactly clear why Mantock decided to leave the series, but a comment from showrunners Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro implied that the ongoing pandemic may have something to do with her departure.

“We can’t thank Madeleine enough for her incredible and inspiring work on Charmed,” Kruger and Shapiro said. “We will miss her as much as the fans will, but we also respect her decision to move on. This is a difficult time in the world, and everyone has to follow their heart.  We wish her well, and the door is always open for a return visit from Macy…one way or another!”

Interestingly, Shannen Doherty, who starred as eldest sister Prue Halliwell in the original Charmed series, also exited the WB drama after three seasons. Her departure resulted in the death of her character and the subsequent introduction of the long-lost fourth sister Paige, portrayed by Rose McGowan.

So, will Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) also discover another long-lost sister with whom to reconstitute the Power of Three in season 4 of the reboot or may another relative like Josefina (Mareya Salazar) simply take Macy’s place? Only time will tell.

Charmed season 3 finale, titled I Dreamed a Dream…, will air on Friday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Check out the season ender’s synopsis and trailer below:

“In the thrilling season finale of Charmed, when an encounter with the Whispering Evil leaves Macy on the brink of death, Mel and Maggie cast an ancient spell sending The Charmed Ones off on a series of epic adventures. Meanwhile, realizing only a Whitelighter can save Macy, Harry (Rupert Evans) asks Jordan (Jordan Donica) and Celeste (Kate Burton) to help him do the unthinkable.”

Source: TVLine