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Laura Prepon Not Returning to 'Orange Is the New Black' as Series Regular

August 15, 2013 (2:46 am) GMT
The Alex Vause depicter reportedly didn't sign a contract for the full season, but Netflix says the rumors are 'not accurate.'

's Alex Vause may take off the prison uniform soon. Sources tell BuzzFeed that the actress will not return as a series regular in the second season of Netflix's critically-acclaimed series "".

Rumor has it, Prepon opted not to sign a contract for the full season, but the door is left open for her to return in the future. Prepon may appear in a handful of episodes in season 2 to wrap up her character's storyline.

Representatives for Prepon decline to comment on the news. Netflix, however, has denied the story. A representative for the Internet streaming media, which distributes the series, says the rumors are "not accurate. Our season is still developing and nothing is confirmed."

Prepon's Alex is the on-again/off-again girlfriend of central character Piper Chapman, portrayed by . Due to her past relationship with the drug-runner, Piper ends up in jail where Alex is also serving time. While in prison, Piper tries to understand and find her place in the hierarchy.

Netflix ordered the second season of "Orange Is the New Black" before the prison drama debuted on July 11. The show generated more viewers in its first week than Netflix's other successful original series, "" and "".

Production for the second season is currently underway in New York for a 2014 premiere.

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