Why Did Ruth Wilson Leave ‘The Affair’? She Just Provided Some More Cryptic Clues

Dominic West and Ruth Wilson in The Affair

Dominic West and Ruth Wilson in The Affair | Showtime

The mystery of Ruth Wilson’s unexpected departure from The Affair just got a lot more interesting, with the actress now ruling out two popular theories about why she left.

In a new interview with The New York Times, Wilson said she did not leave because of a pay dispute, and she also did not leave because she wanted to pursue new roles.

“It isn’t about pay parity, and it wasn’t about other jobs,” Wilson said. “But I’m not really allowed to talk about it.”

Wilson added that there’s a “much bigger story” to her departure, urging the New York Times reporter to contact a particular writer on the show to uncover what happened.

This all started a few weeks ago when an episode of The Affair surprisingly killed off Wilson’s character, which was a shock considering she’s one of the main leads. Fans immediately wanted to know why this decision was made, and Showtime suggested the character had simply reached the end of her story.

“We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into season four everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course,” Showtime said. “Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment.”

But Wilson subsequently appeared on CBS This Morning, and she said she’s “not allowed” to talk about why she’s leaving, obviously suggesting there’s much more going on than the writers simply deciding her character’s story had come to an end.

“I did want to leave, but I’m not allowed to talk about why,” Wilson said.

The first thing that came to most people’s minds was a pay dispute, especially because Wilson previously complained in an interview that her salary was less than that of her male co-star, Dominic West. So fans speculated that she asked for a pay increase to match West’s salary, and when she didn’t get it, she walked away.

But Wilson has confirmed that this isn’t true. She actually said in that CBS This Morning interview that she never complained about her salary, but some people speculated that she was being careful with her words, meaning she never specifically asked for a salary increase but left in anger after finding out she was being paid less. Now, though, Wilson has confirmed to The New York Times that the exit had nothing to do with her salary at all.

Then, the next logical explanation would be that she simply wanted to move on with her career and focus on her film roles, which is often why actors leave shows before the end of the run. However, according to Wilson, that’s also not it.

So it seems like there must have been some sort of behind-the-scenes drama that made Wilson quit the show, with the actress signing a non-disclosure agreement when she departed. Clearly, it’s something Wilson is still upset about since, although she can’t personally talk about it without presumably putting herself in legal jeopardy, she is now urging reporters to uncover the truth.