Prime time television series Suits announced its eight season but it will be without its lead characters Mike and Rachel played by Patrick Adams and Meghan Markle. USA Network announced their absence from the next season of the series. Their departure from the series was expected after the characters separated at the end of the seventh season.
“After seven seasons, ‘Suits’ remains one of USA Network’s most beloved and popular series. While we’re excited for Season 8, everyone at USA will deeply miss Patrick and Meghan, and are grateful for the talent and commitment they brought to ‘Suits’ season after season. We wish each of them nothing but the very best,” said Chris McCumber, president, entertainment networks, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment.
While the central characters may be put off the script, the eight season will mark the return of its original creator Aaron Korsh along with stars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman and new series regular Dulé Hill. But Patrick and Meghan’s departure is not that easy to digest for fans.
SUITS -- "Shame" Episode 709 -- Pictured: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)
“I would like to thank Patrick and Meghan for their extraordinary contributions over the last seven years. Not only have they been outstanding in their roles as Mike and Rachel, they are also superb human beings who will always be beloved members of the ‘Suits’ family, and we wish them well in their days to come. Speaking of days to come, I am incredibly excited to welcome back our phenomenal crew and cast – Gabriel, Sarah, Rick and Dulé – who will continue the roller coaster ride with all of our amazing fans. Season 8 will have everything from shifting alliances and internal power plays, to secrets, betrayals and fiery relationships. Keep an eye out for an adversarial new character that will give Harvey a run for his money,” said Korsh.
Meghan Markle reportedly quit the show after the engagement announcement with Prince Harry of the British monarchy.