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Designated Survivor: Virginia Madsen says she's not returning for season 2

The actress broke the news to fans on Twitter

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Looks like there’s another shakeup headed Designated Survivor’s way.

The ABC drama that stars Kiefer Sutherland as President of the United States was recently renewed for a second season and hired Keith Eisner as its fourth showrunner. And least one familiar face won’t be seen when Designated Survivor returns; actress Virginia Madsen revealed on Twitter Wednesday that she would not be returning for season 2.

Madsen played the excellently-named Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten, who, as Speaker of the House, began the series looking like one of the main rivals for Sutherland’s President Tom Kirkland. By the end of the season, though, she had struck a deal with Kirkland to become his new Secretary of Education. This seemed to set up a big role for season 2, but Madsen told fans online not to expect more of Kimble.

When Twitter user @g_ireland tweeted that they were loving Designated Survivor and Madsen’s work in particular, she replied, “Thanks Greg! Sorry I won’t be back for season 2.” In further tweets, Madsen called it “a great role” and said of the show, “I really enjoyed it- and the wonderful cast mates I got to work with.”

ABC has not yet returned EW’s request for comment.