Julianna Margulies teases 'Good Wife' exit: 'I'm unemployed come April'

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Is Julianna Margulies Leaving The Good Wife?

Is The Good Wife losing its leading lady?

It sure sounds like it according to a speech star and producer Julianna Margulies made Thursday at the Casting Society of America's third annual Artios Awards.

"I surprised Robert and Michelle tonight," she said, as quoted by Vulture. "They didn't know I was going to be here. They think I'm here for them, but I'm unemployed come April, and I think you haven't seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up."

Margulies' shocking and sudden disclosure is much less surprising given the recent announcement that the Kings, the series creators and longtime showrunners, would be leaving after this current seventh season to focus on other projects, namely their CBS summer series BrainDead.

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NEW YORK - JULY 24: 'Innocents' -- Alicia argues a complex museum vandalism case that involves photographs a mother took of her son, and considers enlisting the help of investigator Jason Crouse (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Also, Cary must deal with partner Howard Lyman's inappropriate conduct towards the younger associates at the offices of Lockhart, Agos & Lee, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 11 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Paul Sarkis/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Actress Julianna Margulies attends the 31st annual Artios Awards at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on January 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Julianna Margulies attends 'The Good Wife' during AOL Build speaker series at AOL Studios In New York on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 21: Actress Julianna Margulies attends 31st Annual Artios Awards Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on January 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Julianna Margulies attends the AOL BUILD Series at AOL Studios In New York on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal attend the Michael J. Fox Foundation's 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's' Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 New York Stage and Film Gala at The Plaza Hotel on November 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: Julianna Margulies attends the AOL BUILD Series at AOL Studios In New York on January 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 New York Stage And Film Gala at The Plaza Hotel on November 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Actor Julianna Margulies attends the 17th Annual Project A.L.S. New York City Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Actress Julianna Margulies speaks on stage during day 3 of The New Yorker Festival 2015 at SVA Theater on October 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0340 -- Pictured: Actress Julianna Margulies on September 30, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: 'Taxed' -- Alicia clashes with the bond court judge when she agrees to support a client's plea of innocence in a shoplifting case. Also, Diane is coerced by her client's counsel, Ethan Carver (Peter Gallagher), to argue against her own beliefs in a case about physician assisted suicide, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: 'Taxed' -- Alicia clashes with the bond court judge when she agrees to support a client's plea of innocence in a shoplifting case. Also, Diane is coerced by her client's counsel, Ethan Carver (Peter Gallagher), to argue against her own beliefs in a case about physician assisted suicide, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn and Rob Bartlett as Bernie Bukovitz and Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: 'Taxed' -- Alicia clashes with the bond court judge when she agrees to support a client's plea of innocence in a shoplifting case. Also, Diane is coerced by her client's counsel, Ethan Carver (Peter Gallagher), to argue against her own beliefs in a case about physician assisted suicide, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET, 9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Christopher McDonald as Judge Don Schakowsky and Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 4: 'Cooked' -- Alicia and Lucca work together on a complicated court case involving a designer drug dealer. Also, Eli encourages Alicia and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to participate in a mother/daughter cooking show to help Peter's campaign, with disastrous results, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct. 18 (9:30-10:30 PM, ET/9:00-10:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network . Pictured (L-R) Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick and Lesli Margherita as Mama Jill (Photo by Jojo Whilden/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Julianna Margulies attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal attend The Public Theater's Annual Gala at the Delacorte Theater on June 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Julianna Margulies attends Bravo Presents a Special Screening of 'Odd Mom Out' at Florence Gould Hall on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Julianna Margulies and Keith LieberthalJul attend Bravo's screening of 'Odd Mom Out' at Florence Gould Hall on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Julianna Margulies attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Actress Julianna Margulies and husband attorney Keith Lieberthal attend the ceremony honoring Julianna Margulies with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Julianna Margulies leaves 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Actress Julianna Margulies and son Kieran Lindsay Lieberthal attend the ceremony honoring Julianna Margulies with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Actress Julianna Margulies is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 01: (L-R) Actors Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves attend the ceremony honoring Julianna Margulies with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Read More'The Good Wife': Creators Robert and Michelle King Stepping Down After Season Seven

The Kings have been heavily involved with the series from the get-go and the reveal of their impending exit, made by new CBS chief Glenn Geller at the Television Critics Association winter press tour earlier this month, has raised about the series' longevity.

However, Geller sounded optimistic that the show could go on without the Kings, pointing to the "deep bench" of writers on staff, including executive producer Craig Turk, whom Geller pointed to as a possible new showrunner.

"It could certainly go on. You can see every year the producers are able to reinvent what the show looks like," Geller said, pointing to recent cast additions (Cush Jumbo, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and departures (Archie Panjabi, Matthew Goode). "The show looks very different than it did three years and its still a fantastic show."

Other cast departures over the years have included Josh Charles, who left in season five, and Graham Phillips.

The Good Wife has not yet been renewed for an eighth season.


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