While it has been rumored for some time, it's official now.
Jay Ellis will not be in season 3 of Insecure as Lawrence.
Issa Rae and showrunner Prentice Penny confirmed the news at this week's Insecure Fest in Los Angeles.
“We want to stay as true to life as possible. They had a great conversation at the end of season two, and it was just about like, hey, she’s moving on Daniel, sometimes we have those conversations. You never see the exes again. And it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence," Rae said.
“At the end of the day, we’re always trying to tell stories that are true and authentic. We were in the writers room, and we were initially talking about, 'Okay, well what is he doing?…' Well, he’s not in her life right now. It was hard to make stories around that.” It seems closure is closure for these two … at least for now. We just said, 'Well, if he’s not around, he’s not around.' Let’s just deal with the reality of what her life is now. Let’s be true to that when you break up and you have closure," Penny said.
Ellis first revealed in a radio interview a few months back that he didn't tape in the show. Then, neither the actor or his character were featured in the Season 3 trailer. Also at Insecure Fest, they revealed a greater focus would be on Y'lan Noel's Daniel this season.