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Gillian Anderson departs The X-Files and American Gods

The X-Files: Babylon

Story by Jack Foley

GILLIAN Anderson has confirmed that she has quit both The X-Files and American Gods.

Speaking at the Television Critics’ Association’s winter press tour, the actress – best known for playing FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files – said that the time had come for her to “hang up Scully’s hat” on the sci-fi series.

The decision means that the forthcoming 11th season of The X-Files will be her last. It is due to air in the UK on Channel 5 sometime this year and has just started its run in the US.

Commenting on her X-Files departure, Anderson said: ““I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again … and getting to play these wonderful characters again.

“I think as [series 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 10 feels like the pace is up and we’re running.”

She continued: “I wouldn’t necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye. … There’s lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career and it’s been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful. [But] it’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. It just is. “I’m finished, and that’s the end of that.”

Whether Anderson’s exit means the end for any future X-Files series beyond season 11 remains to be seen. But her co-star, David Duchovny (aka Agent Fox Mulder) said he would be happy to continue with or without Anderson.

“I’ve tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times and I failed,” he joked. “And they all went and did the show without me, so how do you like that? I’m feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember.”

As for American Gods, Anderson follows showrunners and creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green in walking away from the provocative Starz drama.

she said: “I’m not doing any more American Gods. Bryan and Michael Green aren’t either, as has been announced.”

Fuller and Green decided to quit the series after clashing with producers Fremantle over the show’s second season budget.