Taylor Momsen’s ‘Gossip Girl’ Absence Explained

When news broke yesterday that Taylor Momsen wouldn’t be showing up much on the remainder of Gossip Girl’s current season, many people wondered; had the 17-year-old actress/musician, who’s lately developed a reputation for brash statements, provocative clothing and attitude problems, worn out her welcome on the series?

Fear not, though, T-Moms fans; as it turns out, the absence of Jenny Humphrey is primarily a matter of plot arc. Gossip Girl insiders tell E! Online that Momsen is indeed contracted through the end of the season, but writers have been having difficulty placing her in the season’s storylines:

“Jenny isn’t in college like everyone else, so it’s hard to weave her into the central storylines. We don’t want to just bring her in to hang out at the breakfast table with Lily and Rufus and say a line or two—we want a reason to have her there.”

And as for Momsen’s reported diva-esque tendencies? If they do exist, another source notes, they haven’t ruffled feathers on the set:

“Everyone likes her. Her absence really is driven by the story. Anything else is speculative.”

Are you relieved or saddened by the fact that Momsen will most likely be reintroduced to Gossip Girl? Let us know in the comments section.