The Vampire Diaries star Nina , playing the character of Elena, will be leaving the show at the end of the current sixth season. Nina made the announcement on her Monday afternoon, writing “ I’ve just spend the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries.
I want to first to tell you that it wasn’t just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party.” Within a year, the series has lost several key player, including Steven R. Mc Queen, Elena’s brother Jeremy, Marguerite MacIntyre’s Sheriff Forbes, as well as Michael , playing the role of Tyler. But the exit of the veteran drama’s leading lady is a particularly deep loss. Aside from Elena, Nina also played Elena’s doppelgangers Katherine, Amara and .
The rumors of Nina Dobrev’s exit on the show first circulated when crew members shared photos on social media from a group trip featuring the cast and executive producer Julie of . According to sources, the exit of Nina in the show has been in the works for some time, and the departure is truly Nina’s choice and not the producers.
After six long years of playing a big part of the show, she has said she’s ready to get some rest, reclaim some of her freedom and welcome other opportunities. said in a statement, “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.”