Christopher Abbott Leaves GIRLS, Possibly over Creative Differences with Lena Dunham

     April 4, 2013


After a very strange season of ups and downs for both the characters and viewers, Girls‘ second season ended on an upbeat note for (almost) all involved.  However, with Christopher Abbott, who plays the suddenly-rich-thanks-to-an-app Charlie, leaving the show just as filming on season three begins, that puts one of the finale’s major storylines in a quandary.  Though Abbott’s official statement is that he is leaving to pursue work on other projects, the rumor is that he and the polarizing HBO show’s creator, Lena Dunham, fought over creative differences.  Hit the jump for the specifics, and what it could mean for the third season (Note: Season Two spoilers).

girls-christopher-abbott-allison-williamsIn the second season finale, Charlie and Marnie (Allison Williams) finally got back together for good, both professing their love and looking to settle down.  Still, even though Dunham has never liked having her characters be too happy, so while there were probably some more bumps in the road planned for the two, Charlie’s full departure wasn’t likely one of them.  But with the idea of the break-up well and truly done with those two, how might Dunham write Abbott off?  Killing him off, maybe?  (Though a mourning Marnie would be, as some have noted, insufferable).

According to EW, Abbott’s rep has said he is,

“… grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire Girls cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show.””

But the New York Post (take a deep breath) claims a source reported that Abbott and Dunham fought too much on set, which lead to his departure.  Hmm, would could Dunham have suggested to make him want to flee?  Let’s not think about it.  In the meantime, it looks like Marnie is single again.  Can we expect more plastic dresses and sex where she has to look at dolls in her future?