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Quantico: Another Series Regular Leaving Ahead of Season 3

The winds of change continue to whip through Quantico.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Pearl Thusi — who joined the ABC drama last fall as a series regular — will not be returning for Season 3. Thusi’s exit comes on the heels of news that original cast member Yasmine Al Massri has also exited the series

A source tells me that both departures are part of a creative overhaul currently underway at Quantico, which is in the midst of a leadership change; series creator Joshua Safran has stepped down as showrunner and a replacement is expected to be announced soon.

Thusi’s character — driven, disciplined, type-A lawyer Dayana Mampasi — was introduced at the start of Season 2.

The South African actress’ most notable stateside role prior to Quantico was a guest stint on HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

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27 Comments
  1. padraicjacob says:

    I was actually expecting them to say Miranda was leaving, though the actress might be next. She didn’t have much of a role in part B and ended up going to jail, if I remember correctly.

  2. HNM says:

    God help the poor fool who picks up this gig.

  3. Ray says:

    Pearl Thusi hardly factored into the second half of the season after the creative overhaul, so no big shakes. Yasmin Al-Masri is the bigger loss as she played two characters critical to the series.

  4. Lola says:

    So is the show’s plan to rid all of the female characters? Is Johanna Brady next? Alex/Priyanka is the lead so she’ll remain the lone wolf surrounded by nothing but testosterone.

  5. Spikenalabama says:

    Neither one a loss….

  6. Lauren says:

    So goodbye to another woman of color. Hmm

  7. joe says:

    I loved the show the first season, couldn’t wait till season 2, I still have the final 7 episodes in my Dvr , I’m honestly suprised it got a 3rd season ( the 2 women were smart to leave)

  8. Terry Miller says:

    I am super excited about Quantico Season 3 – can not wait to find out if Ralex get married this year and stay strong together. Season 2 became great after making the show one timeline and having the team trying to out smart the bad guys. My hope is that it will continue to be great even though losing the twins – Raina and Nehma. Pearl Thusi is not a big loss because she never appeared in Season 2 after the Xmas break.

  9. Shaun says:

    Dayana disappeared at some point and I can’t remember why.I’m guessing a few guy characters are gonna be gone too(we already lost the Brit)

  10. LMF says:

    the loss here is Yasmine Mampasi as she had a major role. Pearl not a big loss. Not to sure the longevity of this show, its kinda got off the plot..could have been good if it was about training FBI agents.. scares me to think so much bad in the FBi

  11. LMF says:

    get over the racist comments, geez..did you ever stop to think it might have been their choice. Race shouldn’t come in to play, plot and how well they do, whether they are pink or polka dot.

    • parstl says:

      its certainly unenlightened thinking to reduce the diversity and alienate viewers. Yasmine was a big loss. she was one reason I even kept watching. Yasmine is very talented and gorgeous. Pearl also has a very good screen presence when she got scenes.

      • TV Gord says:

        Who says they’re reducing diversity (other than commenters)? We don’t know who they’re bringing in to replace the departing cast members yet.

  12. Natan says:

    Containers being blamed for the things contained. If the two are given stupid lines for dialogue there is only so much they can do.. I sense we were unable to appreciate how great these two are as creative artists. Hopefully better script writers can repair damage for Season 3.

  13. Ricky23 says:

    can’t believe they renewed this

    • Larc says:

      Agree! Last season’s low ratings were probably just a hint of how low they will be for the coming season, or the amount of it Quantico manages to scratch by before it’s axed.

  14. dean says:

    But boring @ss Ryan is still gonna be on the show right? Blech.

  15. bridyyc says:

    Hopefully this is the start of an exiting of people who aren’t good actors. Looking good in a henley, this shows main talent requirement, isn’t going to get them very much further. Ryan and Shelby should be nervous. It would be awesome if they could get Russel Covey for season 3.

  16. Kate says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it makes sense to shift things around if they want to make S3 work? If everything continued as per S2, how would they ever get better ratings? They need a fresh start and I guess that comes with some creative changes. Also, Thusi wasn’t a fixture on the show anymore, so no big deal. Oh, and to all the race obsessed commenters. You do realise that letting go one person of color does not mean that they can’t hire another. Quantico cast is very diverse and I’m sure they’ll keep it that way.

  17. tiggrrbounce 03 says:

    Sorry, with such pitiful ratings on Sunday nights and then much worse following Dancing with the Stars, ABC should have canned this show. The first season good, last season spiraled downhill as soon as it started.

  18. Donald says:

    I love Quantico so much but now you starting to take away the two amazing and gifted ladies who make the series watchable, Alex will be longly without Yasmin and Pearl thats the fact.Am a guy but i want to see more women on that series…lastly i loved how season finale ended big up’s for alex,cant wait for the next season,but please bring back Pearl Thusi