Emilie de Ravin says she won’t appear in Season 7 of ‘Once Upon a Time’

"Once Upon a Time" actress Emilie de Ravin attends Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con closing night celebration party at FLOAT at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego on July 11, 2015. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

May 13 (UPI) — “Once Upon a Time” has been renewed for a seventh season, but longtime cast member Emilie de Ravin will not appear as her character Belle in it.

“Dear #oncers. I wanted to tell you guys myself, but it seems the news was already released :/ … I won’t be returning to #onceuponatime for Season 7,” the actress wrote in an Instagram post Friday.

“While I would have loved to continue exploring Belle’s journey, the show has decided to move in a different creative direction,” she added. “Massive thank you to all the fans for your incredible love & support towards me & this character over the past 6 yrs. It’s been an honor & a privilege to bring Belle to life 🙂 Congrats to Adam & Eddy & the returning cast & crew!! I wish you all a wonderful 7th Season!!”

Also not returning next season are Josh Dallas, Jinnifer Goodwin, Jared S. Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison and Rebecca Mader, Deadline.com said. Season 7 will focus on characters played by Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue, as well as OUAT newcomer Andrew J. West.

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