William H Macy says Shameless co-star Emmy Rossum is making 'the right choice' ...

William H Macy is reaction to news his Shameless castmate Emmy Rossum will be leaving the hit after eight years on the Showtime series.

The Fargo actor, 68, sent his support during a catch up with Entertainment Weekly on Friday, telling the magazine: 'She's young and I think she's made the right choice.'

But he also admitted that Emmy's departure was something the cast and crew had 'been expecting.' 

Supportive: Emmy Rossum's Shameless castmate William H Macy is reacting to news of her departure, telling EW 'She's young and I think she's made the right choice.' The duo are seen as characters Fiona and Frank Gallagher above

Supportive: Emmy Rossum's Shameless castmate William H Macy is reacting to news of her departure, telling EW 'She's young and I think she's made the right choice.' The duo are seen as characters Fiona and Frank Gallagher above

 'I tell you, when you get to season 9 and you think of [whether] to keep going, it's daunting. It's hard not to think of: 'What would my life be post-Shameless?' And part of it is very frightening and part of it is very exciting.'

'She's young and I think she's made the right choice,' Macy continued.

'She's got another show that she's an executive producer on, so she's going right into something and she wants to branch out. Plus, she just got married. I wish her well. I can't wait to see what she's going to do next.'

The 31-year-old actress posted a lengthy message on Facebook explaining her decision to say goodbye to her character Fiona Gallagher on Thursday.

Fond farewell: He also admitted that Emmy's departure was something the cast and crew had 'been expecting'

Fond farewell: He also admitted that Emmy's departure was something the cast and crew had 'been expecting'

She began the post writing: 'It's a hard thing to put into words, feelings. But I'm going to try.

'This business is always an adventure, full of travel and opportunities to tell stories. Usually as an actor, every few months, you travel to a new place, start a new project, build a new character, learn new rhythms, new inside jokes with your crew, make new friends,'

Emmy explained that the sense of community and continuity the show gave her was something she never knew she craved.

'There are these real connections, real friendships that bring us back season after season after season,' she said.

'I know you will continue on without me': Emmy Rossum (above as Fiona) shared her news on Facebook

'I know you will continue on without me': Emmy Rossum (above as Fiona) shared her news on Facebook

'Hard to put into words': Emmy shared this image of the cast along with her Facebook post on Thursday

'Hard to put into words': Emmy shared this image of the cast along with her Facebook post on Thursday

'See, in real life, unlike Fiona, I'm an only child. I never had a big family. Being ensconced in that messy Gallagher family love is something I'd always dreamed of. But even off set, it feels real. We've watched the kids grow up into the strong,

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