This is “literally” (said in a Chris Traeger voice) TV casting news we’re sad to report!
Two of Pawnee’s best Parks Department employees – Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins (played by Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones) – are exiting the NBC series.
The actors will leave during the 13th episode of the upcoming Season 6, news first reported by BuzzFeed.
“Parks and Rec’s” executive producer Mike Schur confirmed their departure.
“The news about Rob and Rashida is true — they will be leaving the show after the 13th episode of the upcoming season six. We’ve been working on their storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase,” he said in a statement.
“We absolutely love both Rashida and Rob, and will be sad to see them go. Rashida was one of the very first people we knew we wanted in the cast, and as important as Ann is to Leslie (and vice-versa), she’ll certainly never be far from Pawnee. Rob we initially thought we could only have for six or eight episodes, and we couldn’t be happier that he will have stuck around for 75,” the statement continued. “They are wonderful, funny, committed actors, they’ve been a huge part of the ‘Parks and Rec’ family, and we think we have a great Pawnee send-off in the works for them.”
When viewers last saw Chris and Ann, they were moving forward with their plan to have a baby together while maintaining their platonic relationship.
“Parks and Recreation’s” hour-long season premiere, which was shot in London, airs on September 26.