Sophia Bush Elaborates On Why She Left ‘Chicago PD’

There continues to be some confusion about Sophia Bush’s exit from “Chicago P.D.”, which the actress insists was of her own accord while some fans think she was fired — and Bush took to Instagram to set the record straight.

As TV Line reports, a the former “One Tree Hill” star shared in Instagram post linking to a Hollywood Reporter story about her new development deal with 20th Century Fox, which led to some comments relating to why she left “Chicago P.D.”

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While one commenter wrote that the development deal “may be why she left,” another comment replied that “it sounded like they cut her not she cut them.”

Bush herself jumped in to explain what really went down. “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” she wrote.

“I left because I wanted to,” added Bush. “End of story.”

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Bush left “Chicago P.D.” after four seasons of playing Det. Erin Lindsay, with the character moving to New York to take a job working with an FBI counter-terrorism unit.

When asked about Bush’s exit during a session at the Television Critics Association press tour, “Chicago P.D.” exec producer Dick Wolf wouldn’t elaborate on the reasons behind her decision, simply confirming, “She wanted to leave,” adding: “I don’t think it will have any effect at all.”

After giving a very brief statement in October, Bush has opened up once again about why she decided to leave “Chicago PD”.

Speaking to the “UnStyled” podcast, Bush explained her reasoning, “I don’t have to give everyone the specific breakdown of exactly why I left until I’m ready to do that,” she said. “But, the overarching theme for me was that I landed my dream job. I landed this job that, since I was 20 years old and trying to become an actor, I said I wanted. And aspects of it, don’t get me wrong, were wonderful. But … I knew by the end of the second season I couldn’t do that job anymore.”

“A year later, when I sat my bosses down — it was in the summer between seasons 3 and 4 — and I said, ‘Here’s where we are. Here’s everything you’re aware of. Here’s how I’m coming to you today. If something really drastic doesn’t change, I’m leaving at the end of the year’ — because I understand how the business works and how women are treated — I said, ‘I’m giving you not two weeks notice and I’m not coming in here throwing s— and breaking lamps and saying I’m never coming back. I’m giving you 23 episodes notice. I’m giving you that much time,” she continued. “So there will be no conversation in which I was hysterical, emotional, in which I was being a quote irrational female or whatever you want to put on it. I’m literally sitting in front of you like cool as a cucumber. If this has to be like a big swinging d— competition, I promise you I will win. But know this now: if we’re not having a very different conversation by Christmas, then you know with 100 percent certainty in December that come the end of April I’m leaving.’ What you start to realize is that like if your house was burning down, you wouldn’t hang out inside because your brother was in there and you loved him. You’d be like, ‘Yo, I love you. Let’s get out of this house!’ For me, not to put it on anybody else, but for me, it felt like I was trapped in a burning building. I was just so unhappy and it was my dream job and I was miserable and I had to go.”

“Chicago P.D.” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

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