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Things We Saw Today: Ruth Wilson Not “Allowed” to Discuss Exit From The Affair

Spoilers for The Affair.

Ruth Wilson in The Affair (2014)

Pay parity between male and female actresses has been getting an even bigger spotlight put on it during these last view months. With incidents like Matt Smith getting more money for playing Prince Phillip than Claire Foy got for playing Her Royal Majesty, Elizabeth II, on The Crown, and the overwhelming number of people agreeing that was some bullshit, it holds everyone to a much higher standard—or so we hoped.

Ruth Wilson, one of the stars of The Affair, gave her first interview following her character’s death on the show.

“I did want to leave, but I’m not allowed to talk about why,” said Wilson said on today’s CBS This Morning.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, when Gayle King pressed her on whether or not her decision was over salary parity, Wilson replied, “I’ve never complained to Showtime about pay parity.” Wilson had been outspoken about parity in general.

“We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course,” said the network in a statement to THR. “Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season. We thank the many fans who embraced the character of Alison and especially thank Ruth for her indelible work over the past four seasons.”

Well for whatever the reason, we hope that it doesn’t do anything to hinder Wilson’s success, and she’s also free for the next seasons of Luther.

(via THR, image: Showtime)

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