It seems like in every season of 9-1-1, something devastating happens to Howie "Chimney" Han (Kenneth Choi). From the first few episodes of 9-1-1, Chimney has been unable to stay out of trouble. His desire to be the hero, and his big heart, often gets him into trouble. Luckily, future wife Maddie Buckley (Jennifer Love Hewitt) has balanced Chimney's sometimes impulsive energy.
A character greatly loved for his acerbic wit and razor-sharp sense of humor, Chimney has delighted fans with exceptionally timed oneliners and painstakingly apt observations since Season 1, Episode 1 of 9-1-1.
Although he's faced more difficulties than other characters on the show—Maddie's sudden disappearance being just one of the many atrocities along the way—Chimney has managed to soldier on. At least, until now. Is he leaving 9-1-1?
Is Chimney leaving '9-1-1'? His life is once again in danger.
Chimney has once again thrown himself head-first into danger. His life is at risk during the 9-1-1 Season 6 finale, and we can't help but wonder if Chimney and Maddie will ever get to exchange their vows. We know that Chimney would never leave the 118 voluntarily, but dramatic irony often takes hold right before our favorite characters hit peak happiness.
A devastating accident in the Season 6 finale leaves almost the entire 118 injured in some way. But unsurprisingly, Bobby and Chimney are left in the worst conditions. Chimney's abdomen is impaled, and he's "alive but not great." Classic Chimney. When Chimney removes the bar from his stomach, he starts bleeding profusely, and although he keeps it together with some morphine and bandages, his life is very clearly in danger.
Luckily, at the end of the episode, we see Chimney return to the firehouse in full form, ready to save lives. He and Maddie also discuss their future wedding, so it looks like Chimney is safe ... for now.
Kenneth Choi has not address the latest rumours about his potential departure from '9-1-1.'
Because it feels like Chimney is always on the brink of death, Kenneth Choi has to be pretty cagey about what he reveals. He hasn't teased yet that he's leaving 9-1-1 anytime soon, but that could all change in the blink of an eye. But for now, Chimney seems safe. Kenneth told EW, "Hopefully, this journey sends Chimney off into a new arc where he'll find more successes and more wins in his personal life and his professional life. At least I hope so."
With high hopes for Chimney's future, it would be a major shock to everyone, including Kenneth, if something were to get in Chimney's way. Especially now that Chimney and Maddie are on their way to the altar, it would be truly devastating if something disrupted that. Plus, Kenneth doesn't have any future projects scheduled on his IMDb that could disrupt filming, so we're crossing our fingers that Chimney is staying put.
New episodes of 9-1-1 will return to ABC in the fall.