Girls: Christopher Abbott Leaving HBO Series

Marnie and Charlie seemed to finally find happiness together on the Season 2 finale of “Girls,” but alas, their reunion is fated to be short-lived.

Christopher Abbott (who plays Charlie, on-again boyfriend to Allison Williams’ Marnie, on the HBO series) has left the show, the network confirmed to Access Hollywood on Thursday.

According to a New York Post’s Page Six source (which was first to report the exit), the actor is leaving due to conflicts with “Girls” creator/writer/star Lena Dunham.

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“They’ve just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena,” the source said. “He didn’t like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map.”

In a statement released on Thursday, Chris’ rep said, “[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire ‘Girls’ cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show.”

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“Girls” Season 3 began filming in March.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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