Hello, Upper East Siders. Looks like two characters won’t be receiving invites to return next year. Gossip Girl herself might never tell, but I will. For Gossip Girl’s fifth season, the producers are shaking things up. Two series regulars who’ve been with the show since Season 1 aren’t coming back full-time. Not surprising, Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphrey) is one of the two casualties. She’s only appeared in a handful of episodes this year despite being a series regular. While the showrunners claim it’s due to the organic nature of the story and nothing else, there was early speculation Taylor’s off-set antics were responsible for her limited screen time.

The second actress given the heave-ho is Jessica Szohr who plays “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” Vanessa Abrams. Seriously, whenever any of the guys hook up with her, they discard her faster than yesterday’s newspaper. After joining forces with Jenny and Juliet to drug Serena this year, she’s been on the outs with everyone on the show. A few episodes ago, Vanessa revealed that she’d be studying abroad next season. Maybe Hilary Duff and her can participate in threeways all across Europe. Though both Szohr and Momsen won’t be regulars for Season 5, they’ve already been invited back to guest star next season. Probably to stir up trouble, as per usual.

With two leaving all the drama, the show is promoting one of this season’s recurring stars to series regular. Will it be Kaylee DeFer who plays Serena’s cousin Charlie Rhodes or Tika Sumpter’s Raina Thorpe? Drumroll please. The lucky girl receiving an extended stay is cray cray single white female Charlie Rhodes.

Ugh. Aren’t we tired of the out-of-town crazy cousin storyline yet? Obviously, there is more than meets the eye with DeFer’s character. I’m mildly interested, but could care less. I’m bored with her already. Is it me or has this season sucked hardcore? The best part of the year was Dan and Blair’s potential romance. I really hope the writers find a way for that couple to work out. Team DAIR all the way.

What do you think of the cast shakeups? Are you sad to see either Vanessa or Jenny go? How do you feel about Charlie staying on? What will become of Nate and Raina, considering Tika Sumpter isn’t coming back. Post your thoughts, if any, below.