In a move that has surprised fans, Julianna Margulies is reportedly not returning for the fourth season of Apple TV+'s hit series 'The Morning Show’. This news comes amidst a backdrop of controversy following remarks made by Margulies on a podcast last year.

Margulies, who joined the cast in Season 2 as the character Laura Peterson, quickly became a fan favourite. Her portrayal of a seasoned journalist and love interest to Reese Witherspoon’s Bradley Jackson was both compelling and critically acclaimed.

Sources close to the production have confirmed that the decision for Margulies not to return was made prior to the controversy stirred by her podcast appearance. During the podcast, Margulies made comments that were perceived as derogatory towards the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, which she later apologised for, stating that racism, homophobia, sexism, or any prejudice are “abhorrent” to her.

The departure of Margulies’ character is a significant loss for ‘The Morning Show,’ which has been lauded for its dynamic and diverse cast. The series, which delves into the personal and professional lives of those working on a morning news programme, has been a platform for addressing contemporary issues, including those related to race, gender, and sexuality.

As the show moves forward without one of its key players, fans are left wondering how her absence will be addressed in the storyline. The showrunners have yet to reveal how they plan to adapt to this change. Production on the fourth season of The Morning Show is scheduled to begin in July this year.