When Orange Is the New Black returns, it will be missing a little facial hair.
Pablo Schreiber, who plays Mendez—a.k.a. Pornstache—told the New York Post that he will not appear in the show’s third season. It’s not a huge surprise, considering that the last time we saw his character—spoiler!—he was being carted away to prison. But then again, this entire show takes place inside a prison, so there’s that.
Schreiber told the Post: “I’m not taking part in the third season. I’m a member of a show called The Brink that’s going to be on HBO. It’s a half-hour comedy with Jack Black and Tim Robbins and me [as] the three leads. I’m really excited about it.”
He went on to say that he was never a series regular on OITNB, which he is on The Brink, so really, “it’s a no-brainer,” he said. “It was a better move for me as an actor.”
That being said, Schreiber does still love OITNB, and specifically its creator, Jenji Kohan. “I feel so grateful to Orange. Jenji obviously means a ton to me. I respect her to no end. I think she writes the best dialogue on TV right now. While season three is out of the picture, beyond that is open.”
So it sounds like Pornstache could show up at a later date. As Schreiber put it, “I would go anywhere that [Kohan’s] working, and I know that our paths will cross again soon, whether it’s on Orange or on a future project.”
Schreiber later went on Twitter to calm some of the upset fans:
For all the over-reactors: Just bc P-Stache won’t be on Season 3, doesnt mean we won’t see him again… http://t.co/IEr3Z1PTCx
— Pablo Schreiber (@schreiber_pablo) July 24, 2014
Reps for the show did not immediately respond for comment.