Leighton Meester

Prepare to say farewell to the Upper East Side's Queen B.

Leighton Meester says she plans to leave Gossip Girl when her contract is up. "Two more years," Meester told E! Online while promoting her new film Country Strong.

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Meester noted that she enjoys working on the show and living in New York, but wants to free herself up to pursue other projects. The 24-year-old said the producers of the CW series have been very willing to let the Gossip kids take time off to film movies. "It allows you to be ready for when the show's over," she said.

The actress, who will also star in the upcoming films Monte Carlo, Oranges and The Roommate, hasn't ruled out returning to series television. "It would have to be the right show just like it would have to be the right movie."

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Whether Messter's exit spells the end of Gossip Girl remains to be seen, "but I think there's that old saying about wanting to go out on top," she said.

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