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Ethan Choi Fans Don't Have to Worry About Him Leaving 'Chicago Med' Just Yet (SPOILERS)

Gabrielle Bernardini  - Author

Jan. 19 2022, Updated 4:25 p.m. ET

Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Chicago Med.

The Chicago Med cast changed drastically after Season 6 concluded, as Torrey DeVitto (Natalie Manning) and Yaya DaCosta (April Sexton) confirmed they were departing. Since this cast shake-up, fans have been worried about who could be next.

In the closing credits for the penultimate episode of the sixth season, "Stories, Secrets, Half-Truths, and Lies," Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) gets shot by a former patient.

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While it certainly isn't the first time that the beloved doctor has put his life at risk, fans entered the season finale unsure if Choi would make it out alive. They were later reassured that his character wasn't killed off (yet), but viewers are still nervous.

Is Dr. Choi leaving Chicago Med? Keep reading to find out if Brian Tee has discussed his future on the hit NBC drama.

Dr. Choi on 'Chicago Med'
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Dr. Choi was shot during the Season 6 finale of 'Chicago Med.'

For those who need the refresher, here's a quick recap of the incident that put Dr. Choi's life (and time on the show) in jeopardy. In the episode "I Will Come Save You," one of Ethan's former patients confronts him in the parking lot.

"I wasn't sick, that was a lie!" the disgruntled patient says, as he pulls out a gun. The doctor is then shot and transported inside to the emergency department — where his health is left in critical danger.

"Every minute that we delay surgery puts Dr. Choi at risk," Dr. Dean Archer (Steven Weber) says as the doctors rush one of their own to the operating room.

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Throughout the season finale, Choi's status was touch and go. But after a risky operation, he eventually pulled through. Still, fans couldn't expect him to be perfectly fine. At the very least, he's going to need a lot of physical therapy in order to recover. In the meantime, Archer will take over as the interim chief of the Emergency Department.

In the Season 7 premiere, it was confirmed that Choi was still in physical therapy, and throughout much of the season, we haven't seen him much around the hospital. But does his ongoing recovery really mean he'll be leaving the show anytime soon?

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Is Brian Tee leaving 'Chicago Med'?

While Dr. Choi's absence for much of the season had fans worried that he would be leaving the show for good, thankfully, that's not the case.

Brian's absence throughout much of Season 7 can be attributed to some scheduling conflicts. The actor had to take some time off from the show to work on his role in Expats, though he seems to be back for good.

Chicago Med executive producer Diana Frolov confirmed to TV Insider that the actor is back on the set — and he has an interesting storyline in the works related to his recent injury.

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"He's been changed," Diana told the outlet. "It's been a very traumatic event for him to be shot like this and he's been reevaluating himself because of it."

Two actors left 'Chicago Med' after Season 6, including Choi's love interest.

In May of 2021, Deadline reported that several of the Chicago Med stars, including Brian, were in the process of negotiating contracts to remain on the show — and not all of them re-signed. Along with Torrey, Yaya also left, leaving fans of Ethan Choi and April Sexton's relationship particularly upset (especially after she told him she loved him!)

However, showrunner Andrew Schneider promises that, while Choi will miss her and always love her, he will find love again on the show.

If you, like us, can't wait to see it all play out, make sure not to miss new episodes of Chicago Med, airing on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

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