Ghost Hunters' Grant Wilson has announced that he is leaving the SyFy docu-series, where he featured as co-lead investigator.
Wison revealed the news on Wednesday's episode of the series, which sees a team of investigators researching paranormal activity in locations across the United States.
It is with mixed emotion that I am announcing my departure from the cast of Ghost Hunters,' said Wilson, according to the Chicago Tribune. While paranormal investigating has always been and will remain a passion for me, after enjoying nearly eight successful seasons on television, I have made the decision to leave the series in order to focus on other aspects of my personal life.
Along with Jason Hawes, Wilson founded TAPS, the Atlantic Paranormal Society, close to two decades ago, while the SyFy series, which premiered in 2004, is currently on its eighth season.
Wilson's last episode on the show will air on May 16.
I will deeply miss working with Jason and the rest of the dedicated investigators and crew that have become like family, and I wish them all the best as they continue to follow their passion and realize the vision of TAPS, Entertainment Weekly reported Wilson as saying.
I will also miss interacting with our wonderful fans worldwide. You are all at the heart of what we do on Ghost Hunters, and I'm grateful to have gotten to know many of you over the years, he went on to say.
Hawes also released a statement, which appears on TAPS' website, in response to Wilson's departure.
When Grant and I founded TAPS nearly 20 years ago, we never imagined that we would be able to make such an impact just by doing what we enjoy every day,' said Hawes. I will miss working with Grant on a daily basis, and am indebted to the level of dedication and expertise he has brought to our field.
I can't imagine having a better partner through it all-both on the show and off. Grant and I, along with our spouses and children, are all like one big family, he continued. While I fully support his decision to move on from the series, this longtime friendship--as well as our business partnership--will continue off-camera for years to come.
A post on the group's website also quashed any fears that the show would be cancelled following Wilson's exit.