Ruth Wilson: ‘There is a much bigger story’ about my exit from ‘The Affair’

It’s been nearly a month since Ruth Wilson’s character Alison was found dead on The Affair, but the story behind the actress’ exit continues to be a mystery. Wilson teased another piece to the puzzle in her recent New York Timesprofile.

“There is a much bigger story,” the 36-year-old said before “urging” the NYT’s writer “more than once” to reach out to the showrunner of the series, Sarah Treem. 

“It isn’t about pay parity, and it wasn’t about other jobs,” Wilson added. “But I’m not really allowed to talk about it.”

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

According to the Times, Treem gave the publication the same statement previously issued by Showtime earlier this month: “We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season 4, everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course. Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season.”

Alison died on the August 5 episode of the Showtime series. Treem spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Wilson’s departure after the episode aired. “Ruth wanted to leave the show,” she said at the time. “That was a request, so that was decided basically before we started writing. It wasn’t a discovery of any kind. That was very deliberate and actually, we shot all of her work first. Her whole story line was shot before we shot anything else.”

Wilson, for her part, first sparked speculation that there was something more behind her departure during an appearance on CBS This Morning on August 16.

“I did want to leave but I’m not allowed to talk about why,” she told cohost Gayle King, who then asked about the rumors she left over a pay gap issue. “I’ve never complained to Showtime about pay parity,” Wilson clarified.

Later that day, the actress told Vulture that she “had no say over how the character’s arc was going to end, or how she would die and leave.”

“I always had the image that she would walk into the sunset with her son with no man,” she added. “That’s what I hoped for her. But no.”

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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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