Taylor Kinney is stepping away from his popular NBC show ‘Chicago Fire’.
The 41-year-old actor, who has been on the show for more than a decade, is taking “a leave of absence to deal with a personal matter,” a source close to the production told Fox News Digital.
Deadline reported that the cast and crew were notified of Kinney’s departure on Friday. The series is currently on its 11th season and it may be necessary to rewrite the script due to the actor’s leave.
A “Chicago Fire” representative declined to comment. Kinney’s representative did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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Kinney has played Chicago firefighter Lieutenant Kelly Severide since the show debuted in October 2012. “The Vampire Diaries” alum has also appeared in all other installments of Wolf Entertainment’s “One Chicago” franchise including “Chicago PD”, “Chicago Med” and “Justice Chicago.”
While Kinney’s character was previously known as a “ladies man,” he married fellow firefighter Lieutenant Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) last May in the season 10 finale. The series premiered on January 4 in season 11, but the show is scheduled to run until February 8.
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Last week, Kinney reflected on his first audition for “Chicago Fire” during an interview with NBC.
“I was in the audition circuit a lot, so I was pretty good at it,” he said. “I remember I never had any fear. I was excited about it, and then you sort of leave it to those in power,”
“Things went well, and 10 years later I’m still bugging you by your televisions while you fold laundry,” the Pennsylvania native joked.
“Chicago Fire” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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