Christopher Abbott is leaving HBO's 'Girls'

(USA TODAY) Christopher Abbott is breaking up withGirls.

The actor, who plays Allison Williams' boyfriend Charlie on the hit HBO series, has just announced his unexpected exit, reportsPage Six. The gossip site reports the exit is the result of Abbott "butting heads" with show creator Lena Dunham as production began on the show's third season in March.

Gawker reports that a rep for the actor released astatementconfirming the departure: "(Chris is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd (Apatow), and the entireGirlscast and crew, but right now he's working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show."

The series follows a group of twenty-something women in New York.


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