On a recent episode of the drama’s fifth season, Britton’s character (Rayna James) died unexpectedly. The star’s exit comes at a tricky time for the show. This is the first season of Nashville to air on CMT after ABC cancelled the series last year.
On Access Hollywood, Panettiere said she was “terrified” for Britton to leave:
I was terrified, because she has always been there from the beginning, and we have always been such a team — and such a support for one another, and our characters. I felt like, ‘Oh my gosh, we are all going to have to carry this show without her.’ That’s a really overwhelming idea.”
She mentioned that when she found out about Rayna’s death, she had trouble accepting it:
Honestly, I am not quite sure I was ready to accept it. So, I didn’t really look to see what other people’s reactions were because I assumed that they felt just as much sorrow as I did.”
Watch the full interview below:
What do you think? Are you a fan of Nashville? Will you watch the show without Britton?