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Nina Dobrev Leaving ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Actress Confirms Rumor

chris-bio Mon, April 6, 2015 8:22pm EST by Chris Rogers 33 Comments

So shocking. Nina Dobrev just announced that she will be leaving ‘The Vampire Diaries’ at the end of its current season. Read her emotional goodbye letter here.

The rumors are true — Nina Dobrev, 26, is leaving The Vampire Diaries after six seasons. The actress confirmed the sad news in a lengthy letter, which she posted on her Instagram page on April 6. Read the heartfelt message here.

Nina Dobrev Leaving ‘The Vampire Diaries’ — Actress Confirms Rumor On Instagram

Nina’s Instagram letter can be seen below:

Dearest TVD Family, I've just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn't just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there's still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I'll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever. There's more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you'll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert's life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend's pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for 'that Twilight TV show.' ;-) I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what's coming, you don't. Love, Nina

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Rumors of Nina’s exit first started running rampant when the cast posted mysterious photos over the weekend. Two photos, which were deleted and/or edited, had mysterious captions. One read, “lake life in honor of @michael_trevino and @nina_dobrev,” while the other said, “playin a little croquet at the lake #unicornlake #ninawewillmissyou.”

It looks like Nina felt the need to confirm the news since fans were already suspecting the worst. Sadly, she won’t be the only star leaving the series at the end of the sixth season.

Julie Plec: ‘TVD’ EP Releases Statement & Also Confirms Michael Trevino’s Exit

Executive producer Julie Plec released her own statement, in which she also confirms Michael Trevino‘s exit, to HollywoodLife.com:

“Saying goodbye to Nina is both bittersweet and beautiful. After six-plus years together, the entire cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries has reached a level of closeness that I don’t think any of us ever expected. Nina is excited to spread her wings, get some rest, travel the world and also take it by storm, and we support her a thousand-fold. We will miss Nina and the four hundred characters she played, but we look forward to the insane and exciting challenge of continuing to tell stories of our Salvatore Brothers and our much-loved and gifted ensemble.

Michael [Trevino] has been a beloved member of the Vampire Diaries family since day one. Even though he’s also going to be out in the world exploring new opportunities, we look forward to finding creative ways to make sure he and his character Tyler Lockwood always remain a part of the show.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should The Vampire Diaries go on without Nina Dobrev? Vote in our poll and tell us how you feel!

— Chris Rogers