The executive producer of the network's primetime soap had been with the series since it debuted to strong reviews and solid ratings in the fall of 2011. Its sophomore run has not been as successful even after a move to Sunday nights. Current executive producer Sunil Nayar is expected to take over during the show's third season, if the likely renewal happens.
“Mike Kelley created a distinctive series for our studio and network with tremendous passion and dedication," said ABC Studios Executive VP of Creative and Production Barry Jossen. "We wish him all the best as he moves on to his next television achievement.”
Added Kelley: “In a difficult mutual decision between myself and ABC studios, the end of my current contract will mark my final season as showrunner for REVENGE. Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime, and my producing partner, Melissa Loy, and I will look back on our REVENGE time with deep gratitude and respect for Emily [VanCamp] and Madeleine [Stowe] and the rest of the incredible cast, our heroic crew, the dedicated and imaginative producing and writing team, and the tireless post production department. I would also like to thank Paul Lee, his marketing team, and the creative executives at ABC and ABC studios for their profound support throughout this journey. I’m excited about finishing post production on the season two finale, which I hope will stand among the best episodes of the series thus far. Continued success to all.”