Though Purcell has now deleted the Instagram post announcing his departure altogether, in an updated caption on Saturday, he claimed that the original post was to watch the press “be click-bated.” However, he still maintained that he is leaving the show, writing: “Truth is yes I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow but will come back periodically.”
“It’s a handshake deal with my boss Phil Klemmer. I don’t have a beef with studio @warnerbrostv,” he continued in the now-deleted Instagram post.
Purcell first made the announcement on Friday night, indicating the decision came out of conflict with the studio.
“Deal isn’t done,” he wrote in the original caption. “I have no interest. What ever cash they throw on the corporate level. Im walking away from @cw_legendsoftomorrow. It’s been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing @dccomics iconic character #heatwave (aka) MICK RORY to life. I smashed this character— not an actor in the world could have done better.”
Purcell plays Mick Rory/ Heatwave on the show, which is heading into its sixth season. In the original post, he also called upon castmates Caity Lotz, who plays Sara Lance/ Black Canary, and Nick Zano, who plays Nate Heywood/Steel, to “look after the kids coming through.”
“The studio does not care,” Purcell also wrote Friday. “The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority. ….Much love to all. It’s not lost on me how very fortunate I am.”
In the updated caption from Saturday, he explained that he “needed a laugh. It was a joke and the press went nuts.”
Purcell’s post comes ahead of the May 2 premiere of “Legends of Tomorrow” Season 6, in addition to the show’s February renewal for a seventh season. A few days after the renewal, Purcell also said in an Instagram post that he would be leaving at the end of Season 7, when his contract is up, and had no intention of leaving the show before then. That post was also deleted, and it is unclear when exactly the world will see the last of Heatwave.
The CW and Warner Bros. had no comment on the matter when reached by Variety. Representatives for Purcell did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.
Part of the Arrowverse, “Legends of Tomorrow” features a time-traveling ragtag team of heroes and villains who come together to save the world. Emotionally and functionally, Purcell’s Mick Rory is hot-headed. It is unclear how and when his character would exit the show, given Season 6 has yet to debut.
Ellise Shafer contributed to this report.