Alexis Bledel announces the release of SHOCK from The Handmaid’s Tale

Alexis Bledel has shockingly announced her departure from her Emmy-winning role in The Handmaid’s Tale, which has begun filming its fifth season.

“After careful consideration, I felt I had to walk away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,” said the 40-year-old actress, who has been on the show since season one.

“I’m forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support,” she told Variety.

Seen on screen: Alexis Bledel shockingly announced her departure from The Handmaid’s Tale, which has begun filming its fifth season

Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the show is set in a patriarchal dystopia called Gilead founded on what was once the United States.

Women are reduced to a status far below that of men, deprived of basic rights such as reading or the use of money.

“Servants” are the women forced to wear the veil and subjected to a form of slavery in which they are repeatedly raped in an attempt to produce children.

Alexis played Emily Malek, who was a servant under the name Ofglen until she escaped to Canada and now works for the Mayday resistance.

End of the road: “After careful consideration, I felt I had to walk away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,” the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week

She won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress for her work on the first season and was nominated three more times for the show.

The series has long let the events of Margaret Atwood’s novel slip by, so the writers have a level of freedom to shape the plot around Alexis’ exit.

Starring Elisabeth Moss in the lead role of a handmaiden called Offred, the series aired its first season in 2017 and dropped season four from April to June last year.

One of the show’s stars, Ann Dowd, confirmed to the Independent in January that season 5 “would begin filming in February.”

Side by Side: Starring Elisabeth Moss (left) in the lead role of a handmaiden called Offred, the series aired its first season in 2017;  Elisabeth and Alexis are pictured together in the series

Side by Side: Starring Elisabeth Moss (left) in the lead role of a handmaiden called Offred, the series aired its first season in 2017; Elisabeth and Alexis are pictured together in the series

From its inception, the show became a major cultural touchstone, especially among feminists furious with Donald Trump.

A number of anti-Trump protesters have dressed up as maids not only in the United States but also in foreign cities like London and Warsaw due to his visits there.

Abortion rights protesters wore handmaiden costumes this month after an unprecedented leak revealed that Roe v Wade could be overthrown.

Horror: Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the show is set in a patriarchal dystopia called Gilead based on what was once the United States

Horror: Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the show is set in a patriarchal dystopia called Gilead based on what was once the United States

Alexis rose to stardom as one of the main characters in Gilmore Girls, a long-running comedy-drama that ran from 2000 to 2007.

She also embarked on a film career that included such memorable titles as The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants and Sin City films.

Her departure from The Handmaid’s Tale comes more than four years after she revealed that a third Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants film was in the works.

Who's who: Alexis played Emily Malek, who was a servant as Ofglen until she escaped to Canada and now works for the Mayday Resistance

Who’s who: Alexis played Emily Malek, who was a servant as Ofglen until she escaped to Canada and now works for the Mayday Resistance

Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on April 18, she said she and her co-stars had just “launched a third movie, and hopefully it comes to fruition.”

Alexis starred with Blake Lively, America Ferreira and Amber Tamblyn in the first film in 2005, as well as its sequel in 2008.

The films are based on a series of five books by Ann Brashares, and four of the novels have already been condensed into the first two films.

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