Fair City star shocked after being axed from the soap
Fair City actress Rachel Sarah Murphy has broken the news to fans that she will be written out of the show next week.
The 42-year-old has played Jo Fahey for the last 16 years, but revealed today that her time in Carrigstown is up.
Rachel Sarah Murphy (right) on the show
While she hasn't divulged the story arc which will see her depart the popular RTE soap, but did say she is "grieving" for the loss.
"Jo's not in Fair City for 2016, I've no contract for 2016," she told the Irish Daily Mail's You Magazine.
"I'm saying it now as I think I owe it to the fans. I don't want to disappear and have them wondering what happened.
"They deserve more. I thought I'd always be there. I didn't see it coming - nobody did among the cast, they're in shock too. I would never have left."
In May, show bosses told the actress, who runs the Irish Film Academy, that she was being written out of the programme.
"It was like the death of Jo and I was so down for a week," she said.
"It's a hard thing to come to terms with and I didn't know what was happening. I was so down and as someone who never gets down, I couldn't understand what was wrong with me until my best friend Rachel, said: 'You're grieving'. And Yes, in my gut, I was grieving the loss of Jo."
Murphy said that she was devastating to be leaving the show, but said she was "bored" with her character.
"I didn't like what was happening with Jo where her character changed so much and got lost in the mammy and baby thing - that's not a reflection of real women.
"Women don't change at their core because they get married and have a baby. I know because I'm a mother.
"She got so lost as a character and to be honest, I felt really bored. I could have played Jo in my sleep."
An RTE spokesperson confirmed her departure.