‘Gossip Girl’: Taylor Momsen, Jessica Szohr out; Kaylee DeFer in

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‘Gossip Girl’ actresses Taylor Momsen and Jessica Szohr -- the two bad girls from the wrong side of Manhattan -- are leaving the CW show.

Despite the show’s renewal for a fifth season, Momsen, 17, who plays social climber Jenny Humphrey, and Szohr, 26, who plays film chick Vanessa Abrams, have not been signed back on as series regulars, according to Show Tracker.


We’re not really sad to see them go, thanks to story lines that had Momsen and Szohr leaving town after being on the outs with the main characters for doing some truly loathsome scheming. We are also glad to bid adieu to their zany outfits.

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Momsen had already been demoted from series regular in 2010, and Szohr’s Vanessa recently revealed that she’d be leaving the Upper East Side to study abroad. However, they could make a few guest appearances in the upcoming season.

But don’t fret, ‘Gossip Girl’ fans: Kaylee DeFer, who plays Serena Van der Woodsen’s cousin Charlie, is being added as a series regular, the Wall Street Journal said. We can only imagine, having already weaseled Dan away from Serena and essentially vanquished Vanessa, that she’ll be taking on the resident-villain role.

Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford will all be returning for the next season. Maybe they’ll finally figure out the identity of Kristen Bell‘s omniscient narrator? Here’s hoping.

As for Momsen, who’s made it clear that her music career is her focus, she will still be jamming with her girl rock band the Pretty Reckless.

Szohr seems to be shifting her focus to movies and will be working the romantic-comedy circuit this summer. She’ll hit the big screen in June with Kellan Lutz and Mandy Moore in ‘Love, Wedding, Marriage,’ and in September she’ll appear in ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ with Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Christina Hendricks and Seth Meyers.

Not a bad upgrade, yes?

Is it too soon or about time that Momsen and Szohr take off? And what about DeFer -- is she already giving you the creeps too? Tell us in comments.


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-- Nardine Saad

Top left photo: Taylor Momsen. Credit: Amanda Schwab / Starpix / Associated Press

Top right photo: Jessica Szohr. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press