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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe Are Leaving 'Parks and Rec' in the Middle of the New Season

Parks and Recreation stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are both leaving the show following the upcoming sixth season's 13th episode, Buzzfeed reports. No reason is cited for the two actors' abrupt departure, but both actors both have busy schedules full of other projects outside of the NBC series. Season five of the show ended with Jones and Lowe's respective characters Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger continuing to try to have a baby together, so we'll see if that plotline has something to do with their characters' exits. Parks and Rec's sixth season is set to premiere Thursday, September 26th, with an hour-long episode set in London featuring guest stars Henry Winkler and Heidi Klum. Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones's last episode is expected to air midway through the season right around February sweeps.

This is pretty surprising news as both characters are big parts of the show. Sitcom contracts for actors are usually for seven seasons, but it looks like Jones and Lowe are leaving before that point like Donald Glover, who is set to exit NBC's Community during its upcoming season. This isn't the only casting change happening on Parks and Rec this season. Chris Pratt, who plays Andy Dwyer, will be only appearing in a select number of episodes in the first half of season six because he's busy playing the lead role in the Marvel superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy, but he's expected to return full-time after that.

  • Dwigt

    Maybe they'll realize they're into threesomes with Mark Brendanawicz.

  • Vince McBacon

    Oh, thank god. Great actors, absolutely worthless characters.

  • Evan Roche

    Don't fuck this up, Jerry. You wanted the promotion.

  • Annie GS

    I woke up in the middle of the night upset about Ann leaving. I cannot think of any other female friendship on TV that is so sweet and so real! Booooo!

    • Annie GS

      By which I mean, I am very happy for Rashida Jones, because she is super-talented and deserves to follow her career where it is going!