People.comEntertainmentTV 'Siesta Key' 's Kelsey Owens Says She Was Fired with 'Absolutely No Warning' After 4 Seasons Owens — who's starred on the MTV show since 2017 — said she heard of her dismissal, "cried my eyes out then wiped those tears and filmed my last scene the best I could with my head held high"ByDory JacksonDory JacksonInstagramTwitterWebsiteDory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation."People Editorial GuidelinesPublished on August 5, 2022 02:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Larry Marano/Shutterstock Kelsey Owens' time on Siesta Key has come to an abrupt end. The longtime cast member said Friday on Instagram that she has been unexpectedly fired from the MTV hit after four seasons. "Last night I was walking into [a] scene at a freaking strip club of all places and was informed that I will be cut moving forward on Siesta Key with absolutely no warning," began Owens, 25. "It's mind blowing & truly disgusting that after working on a show since I was 19 years old where I've shared things about my personal life I wasn't always comfortable with, revolved my whole life around, and put so much effort into could come to an end in such a disrespectful manner and so abrupt," she continued. "Not even a simple 'thank you for sharing the past 5 years of your life with us.' I cried my eyes out then wiped those tears and filmed my last scene the best I could with my head held high." MTV declined PEOPLE's request for comment. Siesta Key Sneak Peek: Chloe Trautman Tells Cast She's Leaving the Show — 'A Toxic Environment' Even with her disappointment with "the way things were handled," Owens is still "so grateful" for her time on the reality series. "I am so grateful for the friends I've made, once in a lifetime opportunities I've been given, and most of all the fans. I wish I could hug each & every one of you," she said. "You have no idea how much your kind words and support have meant to me and how much they've helped me get through some of my toughest times. I couldn't have made it these past 5 years without y'all so thank you for that. I am truly a better person because of y'all." She added, "My time on the show may have come to an end but this is just the beginning for me. 💗 Time to strut my way into this next chapter." Kelsey Owens.MTV In sharing the news of her exit from the series, Owens received support from fellow MTV reality stars and her Siesta Key stars. "So sorry! Such an unfortunate ending. You are a star and helped make that show! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ on to the next chapter 🥇😘," commented The Hills alum Heidi Montag. "'ll always be so thankful to have met you through the show, but you my friend deserve much better and I can't wait to see what comes next for you. 🤍 love you always Kels," Amanda Marie Miller wrote, while Camilla Cattaneo commented, "I'm so sorry Kelsey. You have so many great things going for you! F*** them I love you 💕" Chloe (Trautman) Long said that "the show will never be what it was" without Owens. "I know you have great things ahead for your life. As one door closes another will open! I'll never forget laughing in the bathtub in Bimini🤍," she added. Meanwhile Juliette Porter wrote, "The crown may tilt but never falls!!" "We've made some amazing memories I'll never forget despite the ups and downs," continued Porter, 25. "Love you forever❤️ time to hop on the next roller coaster girl!! Just the beginning." MTV Owens also received a heartfelt comment from her boyfriend Max Strong, who said he's "sorry" she was "treated this way." Also calling Owens an "incredible person," Strong concluded: "I promise you the best is yet to come 🙏🏼 love you so much!" Owens had been a part of Siesta Key since its 2017 debut. The series was renewed for a fifth season in May. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. In June, Owens revealed in an Instagram Story Q+A that she will have less of a presence in season 5. "Yes, I still am on Siesta Key. No, I have not started filming," she wrote at the time, per Screen Rant. "I was told last minute that I will not be needed until later on in the season."