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Ed Westwick's Departure From 'Gossip Girl' Denied

February 10, 2011 (3:19 am) GMT
The actor himself confirmed that he is not leaving the CW series for the love of the character and its efficiency.

Chuck Bass is not gone from "". sent frenzy among the show's fans earlier this month when he hinted a departure from the CW show to concentrate on big screen movies. But the actor has now denied it, saying the statement was taken out of context.

Tatler magazine quoted him as saying, "It's all about the work, you know. The feeling you get when you connect to the work. And that's what I had with Chuck Bass in the beginning - I was fascinated by him. But now, to be completely honest, I'm ready to do something else. Really ready to do something else."

OK! Magazine asked him about the rumor during the premiere of his new movie "", and Westwick responded, "That was kind of taken out of context, what I actually said was that I wanted to maximise my time but I had agreed to do other projects as well." In fact, Chuck is already in his blood. "No [I'm not leaving], I'm having a fantastic time with Gossip Girl, great character, great cast and I live in New York City," he added.

Westwick is dividing his time to shoot the TV series and start on several new movie projects including "" where he's cast as Agent Smith opposite . The movie directed by has kicked off its principal photography in Los Angeles this week.

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