Sophia Bush explains that she chose to leave Chicago PD

Why did Sophia Bush leave Chicago PD after season 4? The actress has put rumors to rest by making her first public comment about exiting the series.

Why did Sophia Bush leave Chicago PD? The actress has finally spoken out about her exit, to let fans know the real reason why she didn’t return to the role of Erin Lindsay.

After Bush’s departure was announced after the Chicago PD season 4 finale in May, rumors began to swirl surrounding the circumstances of her leaving. Some fans speculated that she was forced out of the show for various reasons.

But Sophia Bush wants Chicago PD fans to know that’s absolutely not the case.

She posted an Instagram comment on Saturday clarifying that it was her decision to depart the show after four seasons. A screenshot of the comment can be found here, but here’s the text of her comment in full:

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.

Fans now know why Sophia Bush left Chicago PD, directly from the actress herself. Though others had spoken for her—Dick Wolf was asked about her departure during a TCA panel for Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders this summer—we hadn’t heard from her until now.

There’s nothing wrong with her wanting to move on and pursue other opportunities, especially since she now has a development deal with 20th Century Fox that means she’ll be starring in one of their pilots next season. She’ll also get to produce TV projects.

From the sound of her comment, too, it was no easy decision to decide to walk away from the role of Erin Lindsay. Sophia Bush says it took her “a long time and a lot of hard work,” and Lindsay’s final story was several episodes in the making, so there was a lot that went into it on and off screen.

Sophia also spoke about her busy work schedule on Chicago PD in our interview with her here.

She’ll always be welcome back in One Chicago, but for now it seems like she’s content to move on, and now fans know that there’s no mystery here.

While Erin Lindsay may not be returning to Chicago PD any time soon, there’s great stuff ahead for Sophia Bush, and fans can keep up with her on Twitter.

Chicago PD airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.