It's always jarring and shocking when a show's main character leaves for good. So when Lucas Black's Christopher LaSalle was shot and killed in season six episode six of NCIS: New Orleans. It is safe to say the show will not be the same without Special Agent LaSalle.
But why did Christopher leave NCIS: New Orleans?
What was Lucas Black's reason for leaving the show? He has been an integral part of the cast for so many years at this point, and his character is beloved by fans everywhere.
Well, while Lucas has not come out and listed the reasons he decided to leave NCIS: New Orleans, there are several rumors and theories swirling around, and I have so say, some of them are quite exciting. First, he has hinted that doing the show is a huge commitment and he wants to spend more time with his family. He's married and he has two small kids that he wants to spend time with. That is extremely understandable!
In a web featurette in which the cast reacts to Christopher's death, Lucas says, "The show has been so good to me over the years, exceeded my expectations and goals, but this job isn't easy for me. There's a lot of priorities in my life that get sacrificed for me to be here. But it's time for me to focus on those priorities in my life."
There is no drama or bad blood about Lucas Black leaving the show.
In the video, his fellow cast members are extremely complimentary of Lucas and supportive of his decision. "I'm sad, but at the same time, I'm happy for him because you talk about a kid who's worked since he was a child. I told him personally, I said, 'Dude, you deserve it,'" said NCIS: New Orleans co-star Daryl Mitchell.
Sounds like he is taking a much-deserved break for the first time in a long time in order to spend time with his family. However, that might not be the whole story. There might be another reason Lucas Black decided to free up his schedule...
Lucas Black is rumored to be returning to the Fast and Furious franchise.
If you'll remember, Lucas Black starred in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as Sean Boswell. He then popped up again in Furious 7 in 2015, and while he didn't make an appearance in the eighth installment, many believe he's set to make a comeback in Furious 9, which would honestly be amazing.
NCIS: New Orleans will be a different show without Christopher LaSalle, but it seems like Lucas Black has some exciting things on the horizon, so we're happy for him!
In a statement released after his character's death, showrunners Christopher Silber and Jan Nash said, according to Newsweek, "We had an amazing run with Lucas Black and he has been such an important part of out NCIS: New Orleans team. We are sad to see him go, but happy he will have more time to spend with his family."
Both his real family and his Fast and Furious "family," right? Right?