Sex-positive, body-positive Kat Hernandez is no more.

Barbie Ferreira, star of the Emmy-winning HBO series Euphoria, took to social media Wednesday night to announce that she will not be returning for the third season of the hit series about the lavish life of Californian teenagers. Ferreira shared the update via an Instagram story.

“After four years of portraying the special and enigmatic character Kat, it is with tears that I say goodbye,” Ferreira wrote. “I hope many of you were able to see yourself in her as I did and that she brought joy to you to see her journey to the character she is today.” I put all my care and love into them and I hope you can feel it. I love you Katherine Hernandez.”

HBO officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Kat was best friends with Maddie (Alexa Demie) and Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) — a couple she was generally far too smart for and should have been lucky enough to be in her orbit — and kind of friend to the lead in the Show , Rue (Zendaya). While Season 1 showcased Kat as a cam sex worker who humiliated pathetic men for money, Season 2 saw a seriously diminished role for actress Ferreira. Her story revolved around how she rambled on about kind friend Ethan (Austin Abrams) and found excuses to get away from him whenever they got too close. (Droping Ethan on the premise that she had an incurable brain disorder was a serious low point for both the character and the writers.)

Dating back to a February 2022 Daily Beast report, there were murmurs of messy behind-the-scenes shenanigans in Sam Levinson’s flashy HBO series. At one point, Ferreira reportedly stormed off the set, which was said to be plagued by long hours and the aesthetic machinations of its creator and showrunner. The report states that several actors have filed SAG-AFTRA grievances about production conditions, from food issues to a lack of bathroom breaks. HBO has denied that an unsafe environment existed on set.

In a March interview with Insider, Ferreira said much of what has been said behind the scenes about “Euphoria” isn’t true.

“I really think the fans are really passionate, and I appreciate that because ‘Euphoria’ really impacted so many people,” Ferreira said. “Sometimes things take on a life of their own and they’re not rooted in the truth, but it’s okay because I know it’s just out of passion and curiosity and all that good stuff. And I signed up for it. So I’ll take it. I take the good and the bad.”

Ferreira was last seen in Jordan Peele’s Nope.

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