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Bittersweet: Ross Butler Admits He's Leaving 'Riverdale' for '13 Reasons Why'

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Millions of hearts surely broke throughout the Riverdale fandom when it was revealed that Ross Butler would not be reprising the role of Reggie Mantle on the second season of the hit CW show, leaving it to be recast.

At the time it was revealed that the main reason as to why he was leaving was due to some “scheduling conflicts,” which many fans assumed meant his other hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why would be picked up for season two.

By now everyone knows that the show has officially been picked up for another season, but when Ross decided to leave Riverdale; he actually wasn’t even sure 13RW was going to return; which is something he revealed to Seventeen in a new interview.

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"There are other projects that I'm looking at, but the main reason was 13 Reasons. I was pretty sure it was going to come back for a second season and I put all my chips on that coming back,” he said.

"If I left Riverdale and 13 Reasons didn't happen, I would not be in a good place, but I was getting some good vibes that it would get picked up,” he continued to say.

It was a huge risk to take – leaving one hit show for another who’s future was uncertain at the time, but it definitely paid off in the end.

Related: Cole Sprouse Shares What He Thinks of Ross Butler Leaving 'Riverdale'

It was recently announced that actor Charles Melton will play the new Reggie, and Ross took to social media to thank fans for all their support, and share his thoughts on the casting news. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that he is actually thrilled that Charles will be taking over for him, and is excited to see his Reggie next season.

Of course Ross will surely be missed on Riverdale, but the silver lining to all this news is that more Zach Dempsey will be hitting screens some time soon.

Related: Season Two of '13 Reasons Why' Is Officially Happening

This story originally appeared on our sister site, J-14 magazine.

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