The Flash, Kid Flash

Keiynan Lonsdale reveals why Wally won’t be back for Legends of Tomorrow

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Dec 26, 2019, 2:51 PM EST (Updated)

Following yesterday’s announcement that Keiynan Lonsdale would no longer be a series regular on The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, now comes word the decision was actually Lonsdale’s.

The Kid Flash actor took to his social media accounts earlier today to explain why he decided to leave the crew of the Waverider behind as a full-time member for the show’s upcoming fourth season. However, it's not a "total goodbye," with the actor already confirmed for the Season 5 premiere of The Flash. Wally West will also be sticking around the Arrowverse, and could return if a story arose down the line.

“Yo! Soo as a lot of you have now read, I'm not returning next season as a series regular for The Flash or Legends. It's definitely not a total goodbye or ‘see ya never’ situation, cause Wally West will still be around when you need him the most! It's just that it won't be full-time anymore,” the actor wrote.

“I've changed a lot in the past year (as you've probably noticed lol), and for infinite reasons my perspective on life and what I want from it now is just completely different,” Lonsdale added, probably referring to his coming out as bisexual in May of last year. “Because of that, my heart told me it was the right time to continue my journey on an unknown path, and I'm so damn grateful to both shows for honoring and respecting that with me.”

Check out the rest of his message to his fans below:

Lonsdale first joined The Flash as Wally West during the show’s second season before becoming Kid Flash in Season 3. He then appeared in a handful of episodes for Season 4 before jumping ship and joining the Legends as a series regular during the back half of the superhero team-up series’ last season.

Legends of Tomorrow will see Matt Ryan take on the role of John Constantine full time for Season 4, with Jes Macallan being upped as series regular for her role of Ava Sharpe. The show will also take on magical “Fugitives,” which might explain Lonsdale’s final comment that he hopes to “stick around for the new adventures, the only thing I can promise is Magic.”