Laura Prepon is leaving Orange Is the New Black. Or she's not. Or she's sort of leaving. It's strangely unclear.
Reports have been swirling this week that everyone's favorite lesbian drug dealer may be leaving Netflix's hit prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black, but no one has been able to parse exactly what's happening. The general consensus seems to be that we're not yet bidding a complete farewell to Prepon's wise-cracking Alex Vause, but that a big goodbye could be coming down the road. Prepon told Vulture that she is "of course" coming back, explaining that any uncertainty is "just scheduling. It's all scheduling, girl." Though, as a Vulture "editor's note" preceding the Q&A explains, the interview was conducted before the reports about her uncertain future were published.
The mystery of Prepon's employment status started Wednesday, when BuzzFeed's Kate Aurthur reported a story with the headline "Laura Prepon Is Leaving 'Orange Is The New Black' (For Now, At Least)." Aurthur explained that Prepon will not "be a series regular in Season 2." Aurthur explained that Prepon "will come back for a limited number of episodes in the show’s 13-episode second season in order to resolve her story. And the door will be left often for her to return in the future. But the actress did not sign a contract tying her to the show for the upcoming season." The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg followed up Aurthur's report with an added statement from Netflix, which said "our season is still developing and nothing is confirmed." Goldberg noted: "It remains unclear whether Prepon's exit was her decision or a creative direction from executive producer Jenji Kohan."