Dominic Purcell clarifies that he will ‘periodically’ return to Legends Of Tomorrow


Dominic Purcell clarified that he would ‘periodically’ return to Legends Of Tomorrow in a now-updated caption for a post made to his Instagram account on Saturday. 

The 51-year-old actor had previously generated a minor frenzy by announcing that he would be leaving the cast of the CW show due to clashing with figures at the corporate level.

However, the Prison Break star later revised his post’s caption to note that he would not be permanently absent from the series and that he would return to set every now and then.

Clearing the air: Dominic Purcell, 51, clarified that he would be ‘periodically’ returning to Legends Of Tomorrow in the now-updated caption for a post made to his Instagram account on Saturday; he is pictured in 2016

In his message, Purcell wrote, ‘Truth is yes I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow but will come back periodically.’ 

He also clarified that he was not clashing with any of the higher-ups, as he noted, ‘It’s a handshake deal with my boss Phil Klemmer. I don’t have a beef with studio @warnerbrostv.’ 

The Straw Dogs actor went on to write that the original caption for the post ‘was a joke’. 

Purcell then expressed that he had been stressed over the long period of time that he had spent away from his family and that his original message was not reflective of his actual feelings.

Over and over: The actor had previously revised the caption for a post he had made on Saturday several times and created a media frenzy concerning his relationship with figures on the corporate level

Over and over: The actor had previously revised the caption for a post he had made on Saturday several times and created a media frenzy concerning his relationship with figures on the corporate level

All in good fun: The Prison Break star wrote that his announcement that referenced his departure from the show and friction with studio executives was 'a joke and the press went nuts'

All in good fun: The Prison Break star wrote that his announcement that referenced his departure from the show and friction with studio executives was ‘a joke and the press went nuts’ 

‘My wording was aggressive in tone because sometimes I get frustrated and annoyed [sic] it’s been a long long heavy year locked up in #Vancouver for 9 months without going home,’ he wrote.

‘Who doesn’t and who hasn’t lashed out. Im f***in human. So for god sake chill on,’ he added. 

The actor then told his fans that his departure was ultimately based on contractual factors and that he never had any intention of reneging on what he had previously agreed upon.

‘I haven’t quit. My contract is up…I’ve never quit on a contract and never would. So to all the fans you will see me again next year on season 7 periodically,’ he wrote.

Working through things: Purcell also clarified that he had previously 'lashed out' due to the stress of being away from his family for an extended period of time; he is pictured in 2017

Working through things: Purcell also clarified that he had previously ‘lashed out’ due to the stress of being away from his family for an extended period of time; he is pictured in 2017

In another updated caption for his post, Purcell concluded that he had found himself in ‘a viral #press s*** storm’ before writing that he had generated ‘The most publicity @cw_legendsoftomorrow and @dccomics has ever had.’

Though the CW drama — which is based on the DC comic series — was already renewed for a seventh season, the actor, who plays Heatwave, previously said that he had ‘no interest’ in returning. 

He had alluded to a gripe with Warner Bros in his exit statement, and a now-deleted part of his social media post read: ‘The studio does not care.’ 

Purcell had deleted the Instagram post in its entirety before re-adding it with two different amended captions. 

Fanning the flames: The actor wrote that his previous messages concerning his participation in the CW show had generated the 'most publicity @cw_legendsoftomorrow and @dccomics has ever had'; he is seen in 2017

Fanning the flames: The actor wrote that his previous messages concerning his participation in the CW show had generated the ‘most publicity @cw_legendsoftomorrow and @dccomics has ever had’; he is seen in 2017

The photo that accompanied his announcement showed him cracking open a cold one while sitting shirtless. 

And though his statement revealed gratitude for the experience, it was tinged with a bit of ego. 

He wrote, ‘Deal isn’t done. I have no interest. What ever cash they throw on the corporate level. Im walking away from @cw_legendsoftomorrow. 

‘It’s been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing @dccomics iconic character #heatwave (aka) MICK RORY to life. I smashed this character— not an actor in the world could have done better,’ he added. 

And according to Variety, the now deleted part of his post read: ‘The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority. ….Much love to all. It’s not lost on me how very fortunate I am.’  

Character: The Prison Break star played Heatwave in the CW drama which is based on the DC comic series about heroes and villains coming together to save the world

Character: The Prison Break star played Heatwave in the CW drama which is based on the DC comic series about heroes and villains coming together to save the world

Brewing tension: And according to Variety, the now deleted part of his post had read: 'The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority

Brewing tension: And according to Variety, the now deleted part of his post had read: ‘The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority

The Prison Break star later followed up on his initial post and said he ‘fooled’ everyone and ‘wanted a laugh,’ despite maintaining that he would still be exiting on a ‘full time basis.’ Additionally he called his post a ‘nice negotiation tactic.’ 

‘WHY SO SERIOUS. I needed a laugh and got one fooled ya!!!!! Everyone’s losing their mind. No issue with studio. Or anyone. Wanted a laugh. Now I know I am loved….but yes I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow on a full time basis but have every intention of coming back periodically just not full season.’

He ended the post: ‘@warnerbrostv sorry for freaking u out. Nice negotiation tactic,’ with a winky face. 

Swift adjustment: He had amended his original post after deleting it saying that he 'wanted a laugh' and that he would return to the show in some capacity

Swift adjustment: He had amended his original post after deleting it saying that he ‘wanted a laugh’ and that he would return to the show in some capacity

And then he changed his wording for a third time while alleging he has no ‘beef’ with anyone.  

‘I don’t have a beef with studio. I don’t have beef with anyone except myself haha. Woke up this morning like I caused mass #riots…But what a genius negotiation move.’ 

Purcell had played Mick Rory since 2016, and the sixth season of the show that sees villains and heroes coming together to save the world is set to premiere on May 2.

It is currently unknown how Warner Bros and the CW will portray his character’s exit in the forthcoming season.  

Taking action: In his now deleted post he wrote 'I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow on a full time basis but have every intention of coming back periodically just not full season,'; he is pictured in 2017

Taking action: In his now deleted post he wrote ‘I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow on a full time basis but have every intention of coming back periodically just not full season,’; he is pictured in 2017



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