PENNY JOHNSON JERALD

Penny Johnson Jerald as Captain Victoria Gates on ABC’s “Castle”

*Penny Johnson Jerald was surprised to find out that she would no longer be a part of ABC’s “Castle” moving forward.

The actress, who plays Captain Victoria Gates on the crime procedural, will not be returning for season 8. According to TVLine, she was dropped from the series due to “creative tweaks,” however, the news has yet to be officially confirmed by ABC.

Taking to Twitter this weekend, Jerald wrote: “To my Castle fans around the world, as of late yesterday I am surprised and saddened to learn that I will no longer be a part of the Castle family. Thank you all for your support and love. Hugs from PJJ”.

According to EnStars, the tweet received thousands of retweets and favorites with many outraged “Castle” fans expressing their anger over the decision.

Castle has had some behind-the-scenes drama as of late, with David Amann exiting as show runner and being replaced by Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley. There were also many months of stars Nathan Fillion (who plays Castle) and Stana Katic (Beckett) not signing new contracts to continue past season 7 though they finally did in the final weeks of the season.

The eighth season of Castle is set to premiere in the fall on ABC in its regular Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT timeslot.