10:43am PT by Lesley Goldberg, Graeme McMillan
'Gotham's' Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Won't Be Back for Season 2
Updated 1:06 p.m.: Gotham producers have responded with a generic statement that neither confirms nor denies Pinkett Smith's exit: "Fish Mooney’s storyline takes a lot of interesting twists and turns into the finale of season one of Gotham.”
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Co-star Jada Pinkett Smith says she will not return for the previously announced second season of Fox's Batman origin story. (Reps for Fox and producers Warner Bros. Television have not yet responded to THR's request for confirmation.)
The actress made the announcement Friday on Live With Kelly and Michael when she was asked directly about her future with the drama from showrunner Bruno Heller.
"I don't think so, no. I signed for a year and the year is up," Pinkett Smith said. "But there are some great things coming ahead on Gotham, believe you me. There's a lot of good stuff coming."
Pinkett Smith signed on to co-star as gangster/Penguin's (Robin Lord Taylor) boss Fish Mooney on Gotham's freshman season, marking her return to the small screen following TNT's medical drama Hawthorne, which ran from 2009 to 2011.
The news of her departure comes as Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot (the eventual Penguin) has become the breakout star of the series described as Jim Gordon's (Ben McKenzie) origin story.
While it seems Fish Mooney's days may be numbered, Pinkett Smith also joked that the door may be left open for more. "She could show up anywhere, you never know!" she said with a laugh.
The character is actually ripe for disappearing for a while and is currently not in Gotham City but in a mystery location in Europe, having made her move against Falcone (John Doman) and lost. Fish has since been abducted by the Dollmaker (Colm Feore) and finds herself forced to try and prove herself as his right-hand woman. Assuming Gotham doesn't end in Fish's death — though that wouldn't come as a surprise, particularly because it would establish the Dollmaker as a big bad for season two — it would be easy to leave her somewhere plotting her revenge on everyone in Gotham in future episodes, thereby mirroring Cobblepot's arc from this season.
Watch Pinkett Smith's announcement below, and hit the comments with your thoughts on her upcoming departure. Will you miss Fish Mooney on Gotham? How do you think she should go?