Instead, the 43-year-old will supposedly be replaced by Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon who has reportedly been drafted in to play a new character when the series returns next year.
While details of Kris’ character Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman are being kept under wraps, his exit comes after he admitted filming in the Caribbean was proving to be a strain.
“Despite shooting in one of the most glamorous locations on the planet, being apart from wife Hannah and their two young children for most of the six month filming schedule has proved too tough for Kris,” a source told The Sun.
“It’s been a hard decision, as he’s helped draw in huge figures since taking on the role, but after 17 years in the business he wants to spend more time with his family. That’s his priority now.”
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Kris Marshall quits Death In Paradise and replaced by Ardal O’Hanlon
Mon, January 23, 2017
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the six month filming schedule has proved too tough for Kris
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Marshall swooped in to replace Ben Miller, whose hero DI Richard Poole has been hailed as the catalyst behind the show’s success.
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The father-of-two recently told Express.co.uk that filming away from his family was “tough”, but it was "a small price to pay for what is a brilliant job”.
"I hope the show goes on and on," he beamed. "I'm not really in charge of making decisions of when such and such gets killed off or whether the show returns at all.
Kris Marshall joined Death in Paradise in 2003
The Death In Paradise schedule took its toll on Kris Marshall
"But I hope that series six is a big success and this gets recommissioned and I hope it does come back. It's a great show and I hope it carries on."
Though, he did confess that he doesn’t want to be responsible for turning a programme “that gets nearly eight million viewers into a show that gets four million viewers".
“That’s not going to look good for me,” he quipped.
Express.co.uk has contact Kris Marshall’s representative for comment on this story.
Death In Paradise continues on BBC One tomorrow night at 9pm.