Riverdale star Skeet Ulrich shocks fans with ‘honest’ admission about why he quit show: ‘I got bored’

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Skeet Ulrich speaks on stage during the Riverdale Special Video panel during New York Comic Con 2019: Getty Images for ReedPOP
Skeet Ulrich speaks on stage during the Riverdale Special Video panel during New York Comic Con 2019: Getty Images for ReedPOP

Riverdale actor Skeet Ulrich says he left the teen drama because he was “bored creatively”.

Ulrich, who plays Jughead’s father, FP Jones, announced in February that he wouldn’t be returning for the fifth season.

On an Instagram Live with his girlfriend Megan Blake Irwin, the actor said: “I’m leaving Riverdale because I got bored creatively,” Ulrich said. “How’s that? That’s the most honest answer.”

In an earlier statement announcing his departure, Skeet said that while he would miss everyone it was time to move on.

“I'm incredibly grateful for the friendships I've made on Riverdale” the 50-year-old said. “I will miss seeing everyone on a daily basis. I'm proud to have been part of such a talented group of people, in front of the camera and behind. But I've decided that it's time for me to move on to explore other creative opportunities.”

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said season 5, which was confirmed in January, would move past the characters’ university years, jumping forward into the future.

“We’ve been talking and planning on doing a time jump, and of course, usually time-jumps happen in-between seasons, because there’s a tease at the very end, Aguirre-Sacasa told TV Line.

“So, what we’re doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes, and then doing a time jump… after those three episodes.”

Skeet Ulrich, as well as Marisol Nichols who plays Veronica’s mother Hermione Lodge and is also leaving the show, will star in the first three episodes before the narrative develops into the future.

Riverdale will return for a fifth season in January 2021.

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