Charles Esten ‘Heartbroken’ Over Connie Britton’s Exit from ‘Nashville’ in Q&A

Charles Esten didn’t leave any of his emotions to question during a Twitter Q&A session he held on his account recently.

Dubbing the interaction as #EstensQuestions, the Nashville actor got real when it came to the hard stuff like his reaction to his new wax figure at the Madame Tussauds Nashville attraction to where he pulls inspiration from to focus in on a dramatic scene. The charming man that he is, Esten let his fans and Nashies in on the scoop regarding many aspects going on in his career.

One of the hottest topics of conversation though happened to regard the surprising exit of cast member Connie Britton when her character, Rayna Jaymes, passed away due to complications from a surgery following a critical car accident. Looking seemingly emotional over the item, Esten revealed that the cast still thinks of Britton day after day while on the set preparing for what’s to come.

“It’s obviously very different here without Connie and we know you’re heartbroken. We’re heartbroken, too. We miss our friend. Honestly, she’s an amazing actress and more than that, she’s just a great person to be around. Hilarious. And the work we got to do together, I’ll always treasure it. We’re gonna miss her and we’re gonna see how we go on from here. That’s pretty much what it’s all about for Deacon. So, stay tuned,” Esten admitted candidly during the session.

Although Britton will not be returning for the remainder of season five, the Nashville cast will amp up the drama with the addition of a couple new characters into the mix. Rachel Bilson of The O.C. and Hart of Dixie fame, as well as Kaitlin Doubleday from Empire, will both add new faces to the ongoing story line of the drama.

Nashville also received great news recently as they found out they would be coming back for a sixth season on the CMT network, airing sometime early next year.

The mid-season premiere of Nashville will return to television on Thursday, June 1, at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.