Julianna Margulies Opts Out of ‘The Morning Show’ Season 4 (EXCLUSIVE)

Julianna Margulies has decided not to reprise her role in Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” for its upcoming Season 4.

Insiders have disclosed to Variety that this choice was made independently of the controversy stemming from a podcast featuring Margulies last year. Despite being offered a one-episode appearance in Season 4, she declined the offer. However, there have been inquiries regarding her potential involvement in a hypothetical fifth season.

Margulies joined “The Morning Show” in Season 2 as Laura Peterson, a journalist who becomes romantically involved with Bradley Jackson, portrayed by Reese Witherspoon. Although their relationship ends early in Season 3, Laura’s storyline continues throughout the remaining episodes.

In light of Margulies’ disparaging remarks about Black and LGBTQ individuals during a discussion about the conflict in Gaza last November, she expressed regret for her comments.

Following the Season 3 finale of “The Morning Show,” showrunner Charlotte Stoudt expressed her contemplation on integrating Margulies’ character into Season 4, emphasizing the desire to explore Laura’s complexity beyond her romantic entanglements.

Margulies is set to star on Broadway in the autobiographical play “Left on Tenth” alongside Peter Gallagher. Additionally, she has a role in Edward Burns’ upcoming film “Millers in Marriage.”

“The Morning Show” depicts the behind-the-scenes drama of a morning news program and its network amidst political, financial, and personal controversies. The ensemble cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, and other notable actors. Marion Cotillard has been revealed as a new addition to the Season 4 lineup. Key figures behind the scenes include executive producers Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and others.