"Orange Is The New Black" is likely losing Laura Prepon, one of its biggest stars, and even the cast doesn't seem fully aware of the circumstances surrounding her departure.
Taryn Manning, who plays meth addict/religious superstar Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett on the Netflix series, told ET Online that she's unsure of what exactly is happening with Prepon. When asked if Prepon's departure would affect the dynamic on-set, Manning said:
"Well, there's a book and that character goes to another facility in that book. I'm not sure what’s going on, I definitely feel a bit of a loss, but to be totally honest with you, no one is really talking about it. This cast is so noble. I wish her the best and hope everything is OK with her. I hear she's directing her own film, which she passionately talked about on set, so maybe she's off doing that. I think she's amazing, so it'll be interesting without her around, but I don't know the facts -- although I hear she will be filming some of this season."
BuzzFeed broke the news Prepon would not be a series regular on the series, but Netflix countered and said reports of her departure are "not accurate. Our season is still developing and nothing is confirmed." Manning's comments jibe with BuzzFeed's report stating Prepon will likely appear to wrap up her storyline.
On the Netflix series from Jenji Kohan, Prepon plays Alex Vause, a drug smuggler and one-time girlfriend to Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). There's been speculation that Prepon is leaving "Orange Is The New Black" due to her involvement with Scientology, but Prepon has yet to address her departure.
"Orange Is The New Black" Season 1 is streaming on Netflix.