Hayden Panettiere Reveals The Truth About Connie Britton’s ‘Nashville’ Death

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Mar. 4 2017, Updated 4:18 a.m. ET

Nashville fans were left devastated after Connie Britton’s character Rayna Jaymes was shockingly killed off on the drama last week, and now Hayden Panettiere is opening about the character’s death while revealing that it’s still “hard” for her to talk about.

Panettiere, who has played Juliette Barnes on the show since it first began, got candid about Britton’s Nashville departure during an appearance on The Talk on March 3, admitting that discussing Connie’s exit and Rayna’s death is still tough for her to discuss.

“It’s hard for me to even talk about it,” Hayden said of Rayna’s death on the show per Entertainment Tonight, recalling during her appearance on The Talk that filming her final scenes with Britton were extremely difficult.

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“That was also the day that, you know, she’s lying in the hospital bed,” continued Hayden, who became a mother to daughter Kaya Evdokia Klitschko in 2014. “[Rayna’s] daughters are singing this song for her, and as a mother, the idea of seeing two little girls lose their mom, it’s hard for me to talk about. It really is,” Panettiere said.

“Oh my gosh, that day was… ugh,” Panettiere continued of filming her final Nashville scenes with Connie prior to Rayna’s death.

Hayden also admitted in the interview that it was tough to see her character Juliette say goodbye to Rayna, as the two haven’t always seen eye-to-eye during Nashville’s five season run.

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