Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe Leaving "Parks and Recreation"
They’re two staples at Pawnee’s city hall, and now Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be leaving their respective roles on “Parks and Recreation” the show’s executive producer Michael Schur confirmed on Wednesday (July 31).
The 37-year-old actress has played Ann Perkins since the comedy made its debut in 2009, while Mr. Lowe joined the cast as state auditor Chris Traeger during the show’s second season.
A statement released by Mr. Schur read: “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.”
He continued, “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. 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.”
The sixth season of the popular show will begin on September 26 with an hour-long episode.