Prepare to hear an unfunny onslaught of jokes about how this is “literally” the worst sitcom news of all time: Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are both quitting the excellent Parks and Recreation (see, because Rob Lowe’s character says “literally” a lot—so it’s funny!). The two actors will be bailing on the show this season.
That’s right—the characters of Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins will be leaving the show on the thirteenth episode of the upcoming sixth season. It’s not a surprise that the actors would want to leave: Jones has recently inked a two-year development deal with Warner Bros. television, and Lowe has consistently taken outside acting work throughout his time on the season.
Parks and Rec showrunner Michael Schur had this to say about the actor’s exits:
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.
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.
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.
While it will be sad to see Jones’ character of Ann Perkins (Leslie Knope’s beloved best friend) and Lowe’s hyper-healthy character Chris Traerger leave the show, even die-hard fans of the series have to admit the show’s writers have never known what to do with the character of Perkins besides make her an object of Leslie’s friendly affections; further, Traeger really has nothing left to do but pop up now and then and say “literally” about something.
Parks and Rec’s sixth season will premiere on September 26th.
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