When “Chicago P.D.” returns in the fall for a fifth season Windy City crimefighting, expect the squad will be down by one detective after reports that star Sophia Bush is leaving the show.
As Deadline reports, Bush won’t be returning to the show for a fifth season, noting that her departure comes shortly after that of showrunner Matt Olmstead, who exited the show back in March.
According to Deadline, Bush is leaving the show “of her own accord,” and the door is being left open for her character, Det. Erin Lindsay, to return next season for a multi-episode story arc that would wrap up the character’s story.
Also rumoured: NBC is reportedly “mulling bringing in a new prominent female cast member” to replace Bush (reps for the network and Bush, adds Deadline, both declined comment).
Bush has played Lindsay since the first season, and has also portrayed the character in crossover episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Chicago Fire”, “Chicago Med” and the recently cancelled “Chicago Justice”.
While the future career plans of the former “One Tree Hill” star aren’t known, Bush remains one of Hollywood’s most politically active stars, devoting much of her spare time to environmental, social and gender equality causes.
Judging by her recent Instagram posts, Bush is currently enjoying some down time in Paris:
“Chicago P.D.” returns to Global with its fifth season in the fall.