April 4th, 2013
06:27 PM ET
Despite its title, HBO's "Girls" is as much about the coming-of-age of its male characters as it is about the 20-something women at the heart of the story.
But according to reports, the next season of creator and star Lena Dunham's award-winning comedy will be short a guy: Chris Abbott, who portrayed the sensitive Charlie.
The character started out the series as Marnie's (Allison Williams) sap of a soon-to-be-ex boyfriend, but by the second season was growing into his own as he found success with a smartphone app. The second season finale, which just aired March 17, concluded with Charlie and Marnie reconciling and getting back together.
HBO renewed "Girls," which Dunham writes and produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, for a third season in January. Yet it appears fans won't get to see what becomes of Marnie and Charlie's renewed love.
"[Abbott] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire ‘Girls’ cast and crew," the actor's rep told The New York Post's Page Six, "but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show."
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