Why Gina Torres Decided To Leave Suits

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There are episode-specific spoilers in this article if you haven't caught last night's episode of Suits, yet. If you are holding off, feel free to check out one of our other excellent articles.

Suits has featured an awful lot of twists and turns during its Season 6 run, and the USA drama showed no signs of slowing down during the Season 6 midseason finale. In fact, during last night's summer finale, major character Jessica Pearson ended up leaving the series to head to Chicago with Jeff. This morning, actress Gina Torres, who plays Jessica Pearson on the show, explained exactly why she decided to leave the series. Here's what she had to say in a statement:

Leaving the show was indeed a difficult decision to make. However at this time, it is necessary to get back to my life [in Los Angeles] and all the very important things that being on location in Toronto made very difficult to manage.

A lot of actors and actresses have had trouble filming shows that shoot outside of Los Angeles, where a lot of their lives and homes are. For example, the move from Los Angeles to Toronto cost Supergirl Calista Flockhart in a full-time capacity. And Gina Torres isn't the only Suits actor who has never totally been enamored with Toronto; in the past other series lead Gabriel Macht has lamented that Suits really should be filmed in New York, where it is set. However, there is another reason that Gina Torres is heading back to Los Angeles.

TV Line reports that Gina Torres has landed a gig on the sophomore season of The Catch. The flashy drama stars Peter Krause and Mireille Enos as a con artist and a fraud investigator, respectively. The Catch isn't expected to return to the schedule until midseason, so it could be some time before we know what sort of character Torres will be playing on the drama, but we do know that the gig will be recurring. All in all, that should be a pretty good transition for the veteran actress.

As for Suits, we have some time to wait until the final six episodes of Season 6 will hit the schedule. For the last several seasons, USA has created a split schedule for each season, with some episodes airing in the summer and some airing in the winter. Presumably, we're going to have the same sort of thing this TV season. Have no fear, though, even without Gina Torres, Suits isn't going anywhere. The long-lasting USA drama has already been renewed for Season 7, as well.

While we wait for more episodes of Suits, here's when the rest of your favorites are returning.

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