Why Sophia Bush Left Chicago P.D.

Chicago PD Sophia Bush

Fans of NBC's procedural series Chicago P.D. were thrown for a loop a few months ago when it was announced that actress Sophia Bush would be leaving the show. At the time of the announcement, no real reason was given for her leaving the series, though, producer Dick Wolf did later say it was "her decision." Now that Bush has penned a new pilot deal with 20th Century Fox, the actress has come forward with more details about her departure from Chicago P.D. Apparently, the answer is as simple as "because I wanted to."

Following her new commitment with 20th Century Fox, some people took to spectating that this was the reason for her departure from Chicago P.D. On an Instagram post revealing her new deal (via TVLine), Sophia Bush replied to a comment believing she was likely cut from Chicago P.D. and that she didn't leave of her own volition. Bush wrote back:

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.

That might be one of the more honest and simple answers for why an actor would leave a project. While we don't know why exactly Sophia Bush felt she was done with Chicago P.D., you have to respect her decision. Either way, Bush is moving on to greener pastures thanks to an all-new deal she inked with 20th Century Fox. Apparently after fielding several offers, Bush made a pilot deal with 20th Century Fox in which she will star in a comedy or drama pilot for the studio. She will also develop and executive produce additional projects for the company. It's no doubt an exciting deal for Bush, as she transitions into a more creative role in the business.

Formerly, Sophia Bush played a detective for four seasons on Chicago P.D. as Detective Erin Lindsay. In the conclusion of Season 4, Lindsay was written off the show when she left Chicago to take a job with the FBI. Bush also formerly starred in One Tree Hill as Brooke Davis. She can also be seen in films like John Tucker Must Die, The Narrows, and the recently released Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman. She can next be seen in the upcoming film Acts of Violence.

We're not quite sure when you can next expect to see Sophia Bush back on television, but we wager it'll be pretty soon thanks to her pilot deal. In the meantime, make sure to stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available. Keep track of all the shows that are happening right now with our handy fall TV premiere schedule!

Matt Wood

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