Is Leighton Meester Leaving Gossip Girl?

USMagazine, Monday, December 13, 2010, 3:12pm (PST)

Attention Upper East Siders: Leighton Meester is ready to say goodbye Gossip Girl.

Though she's played scheming socialite Blair Waldorf since 2007, Meester says she plans to walk away from the hit CW drama in "two more years."

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Why wait? "Because we're under contract," the 24-year-old explains to E! News.

While Meester admits she "obviously enjoys working on the show and in New York," she's already made her post-Gossip Girl intentions known to the show's producers, who have allowed her to take time off to pursue other film projects.

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"It allows you to be ready for when the show's over," she says of taking on roles in Country Strong and The Roommate.

Meester isn't the only Gossip Girl star who's scaled back her camera time: 17-year-old Taylor Momsen, who plays angsty high school student Jenny Humphrey, was reportedly suspended from the show in November.

"Taylor only does [the show] for the money," a source told at the time. "She works hard on Gossip Girl but doesn't care about the plot or the other cast members. She treats it like a 9-5. No emotional investment."

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Without its original cast, will Gossip Girl be able to stay on the air?

"I don't know," Meester says, "but I think there's that old saying about wanting to go out on top."

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