It’s only been a little over 24 hours since we found out Castle fan favorite Kate Beckett is leaving the show — and now we may know why. Rumor has it that Kate and Castle’s offscreen relationship is nothing like their wedded bliss in the series.
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In fact, an inside source says that Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion — who play Kate and Castle, respectively — were arguing so much behind the scenes that production had to take desperate measures to try to preserve the show.
“Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion completely despise each other… they will not speak when they are off set, and this has been going on for seasons now,” the insider told Us Weekly. “This season, it got so out of hand they made Stana and Nathan go to couples counseling together.”
Couples counseling… for real? You can’t say they didn’t try.
Us‘ source also added that Katic was often in tears because of her interactions with Fillion.
It seems on the surface that Katic and Fillion’s adversarial relationship may be the reason for her departure, but The Hollywood Reporter reports that ABC might actually be ending Katic’s run on the show to cut costs — which also explains why Tamala Jones’ character Lanie Parish was written out of the series.
Whatever the reason for Katic’s departure, fans are so not having it. Many are saying they would rather just have the show end altogether than see Kate/Katic exit.
“Noooooooooo don’t leave… just cancel it. I’m sorry they couldn’t work together — not even for a paycheck. It used to be a good show…” Anonymous commented on Us‘ thread, and another Us reader named Rachel wrote, “The show will definitely plummet in ratings without her. I’ve read before he’s difficult on set and said the name of the show is castle, not Beckett. Sorry — without her theres really not much of a story for a hokey show! [sic].”
And fans on Twitter echoed the sentiment.
@Stana_Katic Castle is NOT Castle without Beckett… I watch because of you…you make the show!!!
— Tommie (@tommieresults) April 19, 2016
@Stana_Katic is this like a late April fools or are people really stupid enough to think the show will be any good without you?
— Kelly • #1 Jyn Erso stan (@hughesytweets) April 19, 2016
— emma ◯ (@evolvebalfe) April 19, 2016