Claire Holt’s Exit as a Regular on The Originals Confirmed

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Claire Holt's Exit as a Regular on The Originals ConfirmedFans of “The Originals” got a bit of a jolt last night as Rebekah drove off into the sunset, leaving us to wonder if she’s gone for good or just taking a break from her battling brothers. Well, today the official word has come…

THR has confirmed that Australian actress Holt is indeed departing the show as a series regular although the door remains open for her to return as a guest star, potentially reprising her role as early as later this season or during the show’s sophomore run.

Rebekah first appeared early in the third season of “The Vampire Diaries” in the 2011 episode “The End of the Affair,” prompting an expanded presence on that series and leading to her landing the co-lead on “The Originals” with Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Daniel Gillies as Elijah. Holt has played the character for more than 50 episodes.

We’ll miss her sparkly personality and interactions with the rest of her brood and definitely look forward to seeing her visit New Orleans in the coming months and years.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s ahead in next week’s episode:

“The Originals” Episode 1.17 – “Moon Over Bourbon Street” (airs 3/18/14, 8-9pm)
UNNATURAL ALLIANCES – After accusing Klaus (Joseph Morgan) of doing nothing while their control over the Quarter crumbles, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) makes a move to take matters into his own hands.

He receives an intriguing offer of support from Francesca (guest star Peta Sergeant), a beautiful woman from a powerful New Orleans family.

In an attempt to bring the warring factions of the city together, the Mikaelsons throw an extravagant party, where Klaus offers Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) a tempting deal, Elijah and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) share a dance, and a violent fight comes to a surprising end.

Finally, even as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) works on a new path to power, he continues to help Cami (Leah Pipes) deal with her Uncle Kieran’s (guest star Todd Stashwick) tragedy. Michael Robinson directed the episode written by Michelle Paradise and Christopher Hollier.

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