In last week’s episode Double Red, Mackey (Adriyan Rae) was offered a position at another firehouse, which would allow for the opportunity for future advancement. Mackey decided to accept the job offer and transfer.
Rae confirmed her withdrawal from the show in an instagram post, “Though it’s coming to an unexpected end, this journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have learned sooo many valuable lessons, gone through acting Olympics and come out stronger, and most importantly, met & made so many amazing friends.”
“I ask that you extend to me the same grace, space, and understanding you’d want in any transitional time, and realize that while it is sad, some things are really only meant for a season and that’s okay. And that I am a human and we are all growing,” Rae said.
Series creator and executive producer Derek Haas told Entertainment Weekly “Adriyan let us know she had some private reasons to leave Chicago,” he continues. “To hear that as a showrunner, you absolutely respect what an actor needs. All I can say is we love her and I know she’s going to be great on some other series. And she left 51 on great terms, so there’s a chance we could check in on her. We’re always looking for something to boost up a crossover! I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Mackey in Firehouse 51.”