Revenge creator Mike Kelley is stepping down as the series' executive producer/showrunner in what he has described as "a difficult mutual decision" made with ABC Studios.

Kelley's contract is at an end and he said of his departure: "Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime, and my producing partner, Melissa Loy, and I will look back on our Revenge time with deep gratitude and respect for Emily (VanCamp) and Madeleine (Stowe) and the rest of the incredible cast, our heroic crew, the dedicated and imaginative producing and writing team, and the tireless post production department."

He also thanked ABC Studios and concluded: "I'm excited about finishing post production on the season two finale, which I hope will stand among the best episodes of the series thus far. Continued success to all."

Deadline.com reports that Kelley may still work as a consultant on the series.