12/13/2010 11:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Leighton Meester Leaving Gossip Girl In Two Years

This is no rumor: Leighton Meester says she's leaving 'Gossip Girl,' in "two more years."

Meester, who stars in the upcoming musical drama, 'Country Strong,' told E! Online's Marc Malkin that while she, "obviously enjoys working on the show and living in New York," it's time to move on to other projects. So why two years? "Because we're under contract," she said.

In August, rumors claimed that Meester's co-star, Blake Lively, wanted out of the show, but they were quickly shot down by executive producer Josh Schwartz on Twitter.

"Have to respond. No truth to rumors that BL (Blake Lively) requested to have Serena killed. All is well," he wrote.

Another star, Taylor Momsen, was rumored to be indefinitely suspended from the show in November, in part due to outrageous behavior, but those claims were discredited by the show's producers.

There's no word yet on whether the show will end when Meester departs, but she doesn't seem to think that'd be a bad idea.

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

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