Why Gillian Anderson is leaving The X-Files

Kelvin Reese
January 13, 2018

Freeing up Anderson's schedule will allow her to do more roles, but it will also breathe life into her public perception that has, since 1993, involved Dana Scully. Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, the long-time actress confirmed that she is "finished" with the show after this season. The actress said multiple times a year ago that the now airing eleventh season would be her last, and reiterated her position at the TCAs, saying definitively, "It's time for me to hang up Scully's hat".

"I'm not doing any more American Gods", she said. "I'm finished." Apparently Scully's sendoff has already been filmed, so depending on how that was handled, there may be no turning back at this point.

She explained that she wasn't intending to do two series, but after only six episodes in the tenth season, she felt she couldn't part with Scully there. I thought that the previous six was going to be it. "As [creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again, and that this season of ten episodes feels like the pace is up and we're running".

"I never imagined I'd be honored with a star and next to some of the greatest names in the industry", she said. There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and my career.

Lights out at CES 2018
This year's CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors, has 4000 exhibitors and runs from 9 to 12 January 2018. Daily Dot technology reporter Phillip Tracy was on site at the Las Vegas Convention Center when it happened.

David Duchovny told reporters he would be "good either way" if the show continued without Anderson or if it ended after the current season.

Anderson also confirmed that she won't return to "American Gods", just as executive producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are no longer involved. "Bryan and Michael Green aren't either, as has been announced".

He added, "I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times, and I failed". "You may need to talk to me in a few years about that once I finally shut the door".

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in a scene from the show X-Files. It's not as if Anderson has just been sitting around twiddling her thumbs with nothing to do when The X-Files wasn't on TV. Duchovny, 57, joked. "I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember".

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