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John Barrowman ‘very sad and upset’ about being written off of ‘Arrow’ – thanks fans for support

John Barrowman took to Instagram on Thursday to talk to fans about his deliciously evil character of Malcolm Merlyn being killed off of Arrow.

‘By now you know that Malcolm Merlyn is no more,’ he began.

‘I know they’ve done it off-camera but I’m here to tell you I won’t be coming back next season. I want you to know how wonderful it has been for the last five years to be part of the Arrow universe and all the shows connected to it.’

Arrow came after a successful run as the lead on the UK series Torchwood as Captain Jack Harkness.

Arrow and Malcolm Merlyn have changed my life over here in the states and opened many, many doors and granted me some wonderful opportunities. It’s also introduced me to … a new fanbase – friends, family that I think of all of you as. I think that’s probably the most important thing to me.’

‘I’m very sad to be leaving the Arrow-verse. I love playing Malcolm Merlyn. As sad as it may be, I understand how shows must change and also characters must change and develop.

‘But that doesn’t mean that I’m not very sad and upset about it. I appreciate your support and love you all.’

Barrowman plans to remain active on social media and is working on updating his autobiography for a release in the US. It would include some chapters on Arrow.

part 1 of 2 Thank you to all the fans, cast and crew for an amazing 5 years #Arrow #Merlyn #YouMakeMyLifeAwesome I love you. JB

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Part 2 of 2 again thanks for all the support over the last 5 years. Now look out for the USA revised autobiography. JB

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  1. May 25th, 2017 at 3:49 pm
    Christina Dority says:

    John, you will be greatly missed. I hated you so much, I loved you .It was a great character and you did it with perfection. All the best in your next adventure!!! Don’t forget about us…Are you going to be in Atlanta in Nov?

  2. That really sucks. But a talented and handsome actor like him won’t be unemployed long.

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