Viewers were stunned earlier this year when Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush abruptly left the show in the season finale. Her character, Detective Erin Lindsay, left Chicago to join the FBI in New York. After months of rumors, Bush is now revealing the truth behind her exit.
Bush was the female lead on Chicago P.D. for four seasons, appearing as a main character since the Dick Wolf-produced show began in 2014.
In addition, Bush made multiple appearances on sibling shows Chicago Fire and Chicago Med and even put in an appearance on the short-lived Chicago Justice.
Wolf told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that Bush’s character was written out because she “wanted to leave.”
Earlier this month, Bush announced an exclusive new deal with 20th Century Fox TV to star in a new series this upcoming pilot season and develop additional projects as an executive producer.
That lead to speculation on Instagram that Bush may have been forced out of her role on the show, and Bush took time to respond to those allegations directly.
“…took me a long time and a lot of hard work to get out of that show. Please don’t demean my capabilities by degrading my position. I left because I wanted to. End of story,” Bush wrote.
It’s not clear why Bush was so determined to get out of her role on the hit NBC series, but it could be a simple matter of wishing for something new.
Actors can often be locked into long contracts at the beginning of a new series and are often eager to move on to more challenging roles after several years.
Bush, who came to prominence thanks to her starring role on One Tree Hill, currently appears in the big screen biography Marshall, which opened in theaters last week. She’s also set to appear in Acts of Violence opposite Bruce Willis, which is slated for release before the end of the year.