Chicago Fire’s Taylor Kinney Taking Leave of Absence

Taylor Kinney attends The “Chicago Med” Photograph name, June 2022.
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Urgent pause. Taylor Kinney is taking a depart of absence from Chicago Fireplace after 11 seasons.

The Pennsylvania native, 41, is quickly stepping again from the NBC drama to take care of a private matter, Deadline reported on Friday, January 20.

Kinney has performed Lieutenant Kelly Severide for the reason that present’s 2012 premiere — and is among the handful of unique solid members who nonetheless seems on each episode. The solid and crew reportedly discovered of the actor’s depart on Friday, in accordance with the outlet. Selection additionally confirmed Kinney’s absence.

NBC has but to touch upon the studies — or reveal how the Vampire Diaries alum shall be written out of the present for the foreseeable future.

Chicago Fireplace, which is at the moment airing season 11, has seen a number of solid shakeups over the previous decade. A number of the largest losses got here when the writers killed off Leslie Shay (Lauren German) throughout season 3 and Brian “Otis” Zvonecek (Yuriy Sardarov) on season 8.

Jesse Spencer, who portrayed Lieutenant Matthew Casey from day one, stunned followers in October 2021 when introduced his exit from the long-running drama.

“I’ve been doing TV for a very long time. I added it up, and I believe this 12 months is my 18th 12 months of community tv straight since I went straight from Home into Chicago Fireplace,” Spencer, 43, advised Us Weekly and different reporters on the time. “It was a troublesome determination as a result of I’ve cherished this present from the beginning, however there’s different issues that I might like to do sooner or later and there’s some household that I have to care for. 18 years is a very long time. That’s a protracted stretch.”

The Australian actor returned for the season 10 finale in Might 2022. His character, Casey, made his comeback to face by Severide’s facet when he married Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo).

“It was a particular,” Kinney solely advised Us in Might 2022 of filming the marriage episode. “It was a household affair. It was a giant occasion.”

The Zero Darkish Thirty actor additionally gushed over being a part of the Dick Wolf household as he entered season 11. (The collection was renewed for seasons 9, 10 and 11 in February 2020. Its destiny for season 12 has but to be introduced.)

‘Chicago Fire’ Star Taylor Kinney Is Taking a Leave of Absence From Show After 11 Seasons: Reports waving

Kinney on the 61st Monte Carlo TV Competition, June 2022.
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“It’s by no means misplaced on me how particular it’s to be part of one thing with [the] longevity this has, and it’s a testomony to Dick Wolf [and] the crew of people who he places collectively,” Kinney advised Us. “I’m excited for season 11. I’m not aware of script’s data of the place they’re going with it.”

In November 2022, Chicago Fireplace obtained one other main change when showrunner Derek Haas introduced he’s exiting the NBC collection and leaving Wolf Leisure after 10 years. He famous he would end out his obligations on the remaining season 11 episodes.

Chicago Fireplace airs on NBC Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

Us Weekly has reached out to NBC for remark.