'The Blacklist' Creator Jon Bokenkamp Exits NBC Series Following Season 8 Finale

Bokenkamp has been an executive producer on the show since it premiered in 2013

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“The Blacklist” creator Jon Bokenkamp is exiting the NBC series following last night’s Season 8 finale.

Bokenkamp, who has been an executive producer on the show since it premiered in 2013, announced his decision to leave Thursday on Twitter.

“Dear Blacklisters: I wanted to write you directly to let you know that I’ve made the difficult decision to leave ‘The Blacklist,’” the series creator said in his tweeted statement. “I love this show with all of my heart, and it’s been an incredible journey, but after eight years I feel it’s time for me to step out of my comfort zone, try something new, and explore a few of the other characters and stories that have been crawling around in my head. While I’m excited about this next chapter, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I have mixed emotions about my departure. ‘The Blacklist’ is a family, and saying goodbye is difficult. I already miss my fellow writers, the brilliant cast and our fearless crew, but more than anything I will miss all of you — the fans.”

He continued: “I’ve penned my share of screenplays that were never made and are sitting on a shelf gathering dust, which is why this experience has been such a blessing. Having the ability to tell a new story every week — to an audience excited to watch — is a dream come true. I’ve loved following your tweets and podcasts, your recaps and Tumblr pages, your art, and theories and fan fiction. I am likely biased, but the ‘Blacklist’ fanbase is not only the most dedicated and ravenous in television, but whip smart and hard as hell to fool. You are the lifeblood of our show, and its your enthusiasm that leaves me feeling — more than anything —grateful. I genuinely believe the series remains full of life, creatively strong, and that bright days lie ahead. So now I join you — as a fan — to see where ‘The Blacklist’ takes us next. Thank you for eight incredible seasons. JB”

See Bokenkamp’s tweet below.

“The Blacklist” studio Sony Pictures Television declined to comment Thursday and NBC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request.

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