Following the news that Stana Katic was allegedly fired from Castle after eight seasons with the show, new reports are claiming that Stana was actually locked in a heated feud with long time co-star Nathan Fillion before her exit.
Us Weekly is reporting that Stana and Nathan, who have starred alongside each other since the series first began in 2009, actually “despise” each other and have done so for several seasons.
According to a source who spoke out about Katic and Fillion’s supposedly frosty relationship, Stana and Nathan “completely despise each other” and allegedly refuse to speak to each other when they’re not on set.
The Castle insider also claimed this week that things got so bad between Stana and Nathan during Season 8 of the drama that ABC ordered the two co-stars to undergo couple’s therapy in attempt to rebuild their fractured relationship.
But despite the new claims, a representative for Stana denied that there was any bad blood between Katic, telling the site that she and Nathan “had absolutely no issues” during their eight-season stint on the show.
Us Weekly‘s report that there may have been issues between Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion comes just one day after ABC left fans shell-shocked after announcing that Katic would not be returning for the ninth season of the series.
Though the network did not clarify the reasoning behind their decision to let Katic go after seven years with the show, Deadline alleged that Stana and her co-star, Tamala Jones, were actually fired from the ABC show due to “budgetary reasons.”
A slew of Katic’s co-stars took to social media to express their surprise and sadness over the shocking news, though Fillion stayed noticeably quiet about Stana’s departure online.
Rather than tweeting out about the casting shake-up news, Fillion instead opted to tell fans that he would not be live tweeting a new episode of Castle until the following evening. “I know some people in some areas are getting a new episode of Castle tonight, but I am going to live tweet it tomorrow night,” Nathan wrote on the social media site on April 18.
Nathan Fillion’s radio silence on Stana’s departure comes after Deadline reported that Fillion had been in talks with the studio to work out a new deal to return for Season 9 “since the beginning of the year.”
“Rather [than] distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show,” Katic told Deadline, adding “Thank you to the fans.”
ABC were also elusive about the reasons surrounding Katic’s apparent firing in a statement issued to the site after the casting news broke, but revealed in a statement that they were hoping to work with Stana again in the future.
“Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past 8 years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship,” ABC told Deadline in a statement issued on April 18.
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