Ruth Wilson: ‘I’m not allowed to talk about why’ I left ‘The Affair’

The mystery of Showtime’s The Affair has spread outside the show. Ruth Wilson, who played Alison Bailey on seasons 1 through 4 of The Affair, appeared on CBS This Morning on Thursday, August 16, and briefly opened up about her choice to leave the show.

“I did want to leave but I’m not allowed to talk about why,” Wilson, 36, told cohost Gayle King. Since there were rumors that the departure was due to a pay gap, King asked Wilson if that had something to do with it.

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Ruth Wilson

“I’ve never complained to showtime about pay parity,” she responded.

Regardless, Wilson appeared happy with the decision, praising the viewers of the drama. “What’s been amazing to me is the fan response. It’s been absolutely, really moving for me and to see a character like this can connect with people. And for me, what was amazing is people very close to me have lost kids, so it was always really important for me to serve the story of this woman who is defined by grief.”

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Ramon Rodriguez as Ben and Ruth Wilson as Alison in ‘The Affair.’Phil Caruso/SHOWTIME

Originally, Alison’s death appeared to be a suicide, but that all changed during the Sunday, August 12, penultimate episode. During the first part, she forgave Ben (Ramon Rodriguez) for lying to her and the two appeared to have a happy ending that night. In the second part of the episode, however, Ben showed his true colors as he drank again, fought with Alison and ultimately killed her and dumped her body into the ocean.

The real cause of death has yet to be confirmed, though.

“I think it’s murder. It’s not entirely clear,” Wilson added on CBS This Morning. “Is the fantasy version the first half and the second half reality?”

Only time will tell.

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British actress Ruth Wilson attends the New York premiere of 'The Little Stranger' at Metrograph on August 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Ruth Wilson visits SiriusXM Studios on August 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Ruth Wilson attends the Erdem show during London Fashion Week February 2018 at National Portrait Gallery on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
British actress Ruth Wilson poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Ruth Wilson attends the British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate on December 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Ruth Wilson attends the Fashion Awards 2017 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress Ruth Wilson arrives at the Hammer Museum Gala In The Garden at Hammer Museum on October 14, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 7: Mark Stanley (L) and Ruth Wilson (R) attend the European film premiere of 'Dark River' at Odeon Leicester Square during the 61st BFI London Film Festival. October 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Ruth Wilson attends Lenny 2nd Anniversary Party at The Jane Hotel on September 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Ruth Wilson attends day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: �ctress Ruth Wilson attends the 'Dark River' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Juanito Aguil/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Ruth Wilson attends the LAMDA (London academy of music & dramatic art) Royal Gala at LAMDA on June 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Ruth Wilson attends the CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on April 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress Ruth Wilson attends the jury welcome lunch at Tribeca Grill Loft on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
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The Affair finale airs on Showtime Sunday, August 19, at 9 p.m. ET.

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