Jessica Szohr and Taylor Momsen have been dropped from the main cast for the forthcoming season of “Gossip Girl.” No word on of this is a storyline move, or if its for budgetary reasons.
Momsen has already had a light load over the past two seasons as Jenny Humphrey on the show, while Szohr wasn’t added to the main cast until the show’s second season, after recurring during the first. And though the girls won’t be part of the main cast, each may, and is expected to, appear in some episodes.
The moves could come as cost-cutting measures. While “Gossip Girl” was once the face of the CW franchise, regularly drawing mega-numbers in its target young women demo, its ratings, like the rest of the network, have been sagging lately.
The fifth season of the show is widely expected to be its last. Beyond its aging ratings, it also features an aging cast of pretty-young-up and comers, trying to break out into the film world. Blake Lively has experienced the most success, from her turn in “The Town” to her upcoming role in “Green Lantern.” But the show has delivered levels of success and made household names of Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley and Leighton Meester.