One of the male characters has departed "Girls"

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Christopher Abbott attends the premiere of "Girls" Season 2 hosted by HBO at NYU Skirball Center on January 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) Andrew H. Walker

Apparently girls aren't the only ones who fight.

Christopher Abbott (who played Charlie, the on-again-off-again beau to Allison Williams) has left HBO's Golden Globe-winning comedy, according to The New York Post. Abbot appeared in 12 episodes of the show's first two seasons, and had reunited with Williams' character in the finale.

According to the Post, Abbot abruptly left the show -- just as his character seemed to be getting back in the game, reconciling with Williams' character, Marnie. But sources told Page Six that Abbott and Dunham began butting heads as the show entered production again.

"They've just started work on season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena," a source said. "He didn't like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map." Abbott's rep confirmed his departure, saying: "[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire 'Girls' cast and crew, but right now he's working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show." HBO reportedly declined comment.

Abbott has a budding film career, which includes last fall's indie favorite "Hello I Must Be Going," in which he starred opposite Melanie Lynskey; the SXSW film "Burma"; and the upcoming drama The Sleepwalker, which co-stars Brady Corbet.

Now the only question left is how will "Girls" deal with Abbot's departure? Maybe he'll get hit by a hipster on a bike? Or move to Silicon Valley since his start-up did so well?

Tell us: Will you miss Charlie? How do you think they will have him leave the show?

  • Lesley Savage

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