Arrow star pays tribute to Emily Bett Rickards as she leaves show

Photo credit: Cate Cameron - The CW
Photo credit: Cate Cameron - The CW

From Digital Spy

Arrow fans have had their fair share of bad news lately, one of which is the announcement that Emily Bett Rickards is leaving the beloved show.

The actress has played Felicity Smoak since season one, but confirmed that she will not be back for the upcoming eighth season.

Now her co-star Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, has posted a touching tribute to his "best friend" via Instagram.

He wrote: "For me... August 3rd, 2012 is the most important day in the history of our show. It was the first day I worked with Emily.

"Her energy and the vibrancy she gave to Felicity Smoak is only surpassed by what she personally gave to me. She was a co-worker that became a best friend. So on the first day of our last episode together, I'd like everyone to know how deeply I appreciate the past seven years.

"EmBett... We wouldn't be here without you. I love you. And I cannot wait to see what you do next."

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

The other bad news fans received recently is that the show itself is coming to an end after being on the air since 2012.

We've rounded up a list of eight shows that could lead the 'next generation' of the Arrowverse, but don't expect any of these seven major DC characters.

Arrow airs on The CW in the US and Sky One in the UK.

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