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‘Once Upon A Time’: Rebecca Mader Confirms She Won’t Return For Season 7

Deadline logo Deadline 5/12/2017 Denise Petski
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Rebecca Mader was not expected to return for Once Upon a Time‘s revamped Season 7, and now she has made it official. The actress, who plays Zelena, on the ABC fantasy drama, confirmed the news in a message on Instagram in which she thanked fans.

“A lot of you have been asking if I will be joining everyone in Season 7, so I wanted to let you know personally that unfortunately I am not,” Mader wrote. “This wasn’t my choice but a creative decision of the shows that I totally respect and understand.”

As we previously reported, the show had decided to bring back original cast members Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue, with a focus on the three characters in the new season. Producers also had initially been in talks with Jennifer Morrison, who decided not to return.

You can read Mader’s entire Instagram message below.

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