Arrow is losing a legend as it enters its eighth and final season with the exit of Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak. While the news came as an upsetting shock to many fans, the cast of Arrow was quick to wish Rickards well and send her off with kind words.

Stephen Amell's recent Instagram post bidding his on-screen wife farewell is pretty much a punch to the Olicity feels in all the best and worst ways. "For me... August 3rd, 2012 is the most important day in the history of our show. It was the first day I worked with Emily," Amell wrote. "Her energy and the vibrancy she gave to Felicity Smoak is only surpassed by what she personally gave to me. She was a co-worker that became a best friend. So on the first day of our last episode together, I'd like everyone to know how deeply I appreciate the past seven years. We wouldn't be here without you. I love you. And I cannot wait to see what you do next."

Rickards' announced her exit from the show on Instagram on Saturday, revealing that she'd be departing the series after Season 7. Since then, there's been an outpouring of love for her and the beloved character she played for the past seven years.

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"We've had the pleasure of working with Emily since Season 1 and in those past seven years she has brought one of TV's most beloved characters to life," executive producers Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz said in a statement. "And although we're heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we're completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors. She will always have a family at Arrow."

Arrow airs Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.

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