Death in Paradise star Josephine Jobert: Why I took the 'tough decision' to quit as Florence

Josephine Jobert smiling as DS Florence Cassell in Death in Paradise
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Contains spoilers! Josephine Jobert on why the time was right to leave the BBC1 crime drama

Death in Paradise star Josephine Jobert has revealed why she took the “tough decision” to quit the BBC1 hit after five years playing DS Florence Cassell.

At the end of episode five, Florence followed her fiance Patrice to an abandoned warehouse, where she was shot, leaving viewers wondering if she’d survive.

While in episode six Florence lived to fight another day, she was so devastated over the murder of Patrice, she decided she couldn’t stay in Saint Marie any longer and was seen leaving the island.

Josephine Jobert as Florence as she leaves Death in Paradise

French star Josephine Jobert made a sad exit as grief-stricken Florence at the end of episode six of Death in Paradise

In a video message posted on the show’s Twitter account, Josephine Jobert explained why she’d decided to go and how she’d miss her co-stars – Ardal O’Hanlon (who plays Jack), Tobi Bakare (JP) and Shyko Amos (Ruby).

“So I quit the show for professional and personal reasons, nothing dramatic, I swear everything is fine.

“I’ve been working on Death in Paradise for five years and it’s been an amazing experience; working with brilliant actors, working with the English and French crew.

“I loved every minute of it and I’m going to miss the show, I’m going to miss Toby and Ardal and Shyko and everyone. So it’s been a tough decision, but you know, that’s life.”

Fans had already had to deal with one shock before the current series had even started when news broke that Danny John Jules had left the show as workshy Officer Dwayne Myers.

The 33-year-old actress hopes that despite all the line-up changes, viewers will continue to watch the show.

“Don’t stop watching. I promises there are so many good episodes coming.”

She added that she would continue to watch the series, which continues this Thursday with the Commissioner breaking the bad news to Jack that DS Madeline Dumas from International Affairs is launching an investigation into his conduct.

Is Jack about to get struck off?

Watch Death in Paradise this Thursday on BBC1 at 9pm.

David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years working for TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer for TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!