Talk about some shocking TV news! Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are officially leaving NBC’s hit and beloved comedy ‘Parks and Recreation.’
BuzzFeed was first to report the news that Pawnee’s on-again/off-again couple Ann Perkins (Jones) and Chris Traeger (Lowe) will be exiting the upcoming sixth season during the 13th episode.
The last time we saw Chris and Ann they were trying to conceive a child. Do we sense bottles, diapers and cribs in their future? Let’s keep our fingers crossed that these two will have a happy baby-related ending.
Reps for both Jones and Lowe did not immediately respond for comments. NBC did not respond as well.
Ever since the comedy premiered in April 2009, Jones has been a part of the cast and has played Leslie’s (Amy Poehler) best friend. Lowe didn’t join the series until the end of Season 2. At first, Lowe’s character signed on as a guest-star, but eventually he was brought on as a series regular.
Jones and Lowe are not shy to the TV world. Jones is known for her acting stints on ‘The Office’ as John Krasinski's girlfriend, and on ‘Boston Public’ as Louisa Fenn. Lowe has been around a little bit longer. He’s known for ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ ‘The West Wing,' 'The Lyon's Den' and will appear as John F. Kennedy in the upcoming TV movie ‘Killing Kennedy.’
‘Parks and Recreation’ returns with an hour-long premiere, which was filmed in London, on Thursday, Sept. 26.
UPDATE: Executive producer Mike Schur has officially commented on 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.
“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.”
Schur adds, “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.”
Are you sad to see Jones and Lowe exit?