Scroll down for details about the shocking departures, including statements from the cast.
Is Jon Seda leaving Chicago P.D.?
The 48-year-old confirmed on Twitter that he won’t be returning to the show next fall. "It’s been an honor portraying Det. Antonio Dawson in the #OneChicago world," the actor wrote on April 20. "To my cast #Family, I’ll always treasure the time and stories we shared. To all you #chihards out there, THANK YOU for being the best of fans! We’ll Always have CHICAGO."
Jon first appeared as Antonio on Chicago Fire in 2012, where he was introduced as the brother of paramedic Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund). He’s been with Chicago P.D. since its debut in 2014.
According to Deadline, the father-of-four’s exit stems from "creative reasons" related to his character’s story arc. His departure comes just two years after co-star Sophia Bush abruptly quit the show.
The brunette beauty previously spoke out about her reasons for leaving the series, including what she described as poor working conditions. "I realized that as I was thinking I was like being the tough guy, doing the thing, showing up to work, I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable," she explained on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert.
"I quit because, what I’ve learned is I’ve been so programmed to be a good girl and to be a work horse and be a tug boat that I have always prioritized tugging the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, ahead of my own health," the 36-year-old added. "The reality was that my body was, like, falling apart, because I was really, really unhappy."
Who’s leaving Chicago Med?
Colin Donnell, who plays Dr. Connor Rhodes on the series, and Norma Kuhling, who joined the show as Dr. Ava Bekker at the end of Season 2, announced that Season 4 of Chicago Med will be their last.
"I love my #ChicagoMed #OneChicago family dearly," Colin wrote in a post on Twitter. "And a special thank you to all the fans that have made these last four seasons so amazing."
On Instagram, Norma shared, "Thank you Chicago Med for two amazing years! Really going to miss this family, but feeling nothing but gratitude. A huge thank you to @nbc and @dickwolf for bringing me on board, to the best cast and crew imaginable, and finally to the fans for making these shows what they are. Can’t wait to cheer #OneChicago on in its future seasons with you!"
Deadline reports that like Jon, Colin and Norma’s exits have to do with their characters’ story evolutions. But the outlet also states that Jon could end up on another Dick Wolf show down the line due to his close relationship with producers.
The Chicago franchise is used to big shakeups in front of the screen and behind the scenes. In 2017, both Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire lost one of their co-creators as well as one of their executive producers/directors. Based on previous events, we doubt that these latest changes will cause the shows to lose momentum.
Watch Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET, respectively, on NBC.
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