It is never easy to say goodbye, even if it is a television farewell. Although no TV show can last forever – well, Law & Order: SVU is in the running – the cast doesn’t always stay that long. Many actors choose to leave after their contract has ended. Some give the networks a long heads-up, while others just seem to disappear and disappear, causing the writers to struggle (see below!). Either way, the show has to go on.
One of the most discussed outputs was in May 2017, then Sophia Bush decided to leave Chicago PD after season 4. She played the lead role of detective Erin Lindsay in the NBC drama and was written out of the show with a cliffhanger – her character was offered a job in New York to join the FBI. Many thought this could mean that she would show up Law & Order: SVU – another show written by Dick Wolf who did a crossover with PD previously – but over the years it has been made clear that this did not happen.
In multiple interviews since her departure, Bush explained that she went to her bosses between the third and fourth seasons and told them that if things didn’t change “drastically”, she would be leaving by the end of the year. Then, in December 2018, she opened during the decision on the decision Dax Shepard“Armchair Expert” podcast.
“I quit because, from what I’ve learned, I’m so programmed to be a good girl and a workhorse and a tug that I’ve always prioritized towing the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, for my own health … My body was falling apart, because I was really very unhappy, ‘she revealed, before adding later that she felt’ ignored ‘and remembered the time she told a colleague, “I feel like I was screaming with my bare buttocks bruised and bleeding in the middle of Times Square and no one kept asking me if they could help me. ‘
She also referred to the show as “a consistently attacked barrage of abuse.” Bush commented, “You start to lose your way when someone attacks you in a room full of people and everyone literally looks away, looks at the floor, looks at the ceiling, and you’re the only woman in the room and every man twice mate does nothing. ‘
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