"It's amazing to think that Chloe Sullivan and I have been one in the same for over a third of my life. I'm truly humbled by the love and loyalty of all the fans whose enthusiasm has carried me - along with a cast and crew which has become my second family - over the past 9 and a half years. Out of respect for the amazingly loyal fans and the place I will always have in my own heart for Chloe, I'm coming back for several episodes next season to tie up Chloe's 'Smallville' legacy properly. It's been a life-changing ride,and I look forward to what lies ahead with the strength of a ‘superhero' as my foundation."
The show's 10th season begins this fall.