Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones Leaving ‘Parks and Recreation’ During Season 6

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Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones  Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones Leaving Parks and Recreation During Season 6

While other NBC sitcoms have failed miserably in the past few years, Parks and Recreation has remained as one of the network’s true standouts. Not only has the hit show continued to bring in solid ratings, but it has garnered its share of critical praise along the way, due to sharp, witty writing and perhaps even sharper comedic performances from its ensemble cast.

It’s rare to see a sitcom run like such a well-oiled laugh-inducing machine for five seasons. It’s even rarer to keep an ensemble together for the entire course of a TV show. And so we’re sad to report that Parks and Rec will be losing two key cast members soon.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the show’s producers have confirmed that Rob Lowe – who plays the always positive health nut, Chris Traeger – and Rashida Jones – who plays Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler) best friend, Ann Perkins – will exit the series together in episode 13 of season 6. Showrunner Mike Schur is currently busy filming the show’s season 6 premiere in London and couldn’t give out any more information regarding the departures.

However, considering season 5 ended with Chris and Ann deciding to start a family together after reconnecting from a breakup in season 3, it’s safe to assume that the show will follow through with that storyline and have the two characters run off together in a happily-ever-after conclusion.

Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe  Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones Leaving Parks and Recreation During Season 6

Though seeing two fan favorite lovelorn characters finally end up together (if that’s how it plays out) will likely cause audiences to smile, the characters’ exits will undoubtedly be tough on viewers in the short term. Since his introduction in season 2, Chris had won over audiences with his ultra-positive outlook, while Ann had been an integral part of the show since its inception, as Leslie’s – and often the show’s – voice of reason amidst the zany hilarity of the Pawnee, Indiana Parks and Rec department.

Fortunately, all is not lost, considering the show is still built around so many memorable and affable characters. While it will be sad to see Chris and Ann go, their exits may provide more room for other characters like April (Aubrey Plaza), Andy (Chris Pratt) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) to shine, not to mention other new characters down the line. Then, of course, there’s Leslie, the show’s “glue,” who seems to hold the comedic formula together. As long as she’s leading the Parks and Rec department and the city of Pawnee as its only coucilwoman, the show will likely remain hilarious.

Will you be sad to see Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones leave? Let us know in the comments.


Parks and Recreation premieres Thursday, September 26th, 2013 @8pm on NBC.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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  1. Please God, no one make a literally joke, I’ve seen too many today!

    On the real, it saddens me to see them go, but luckily it’s them and not the others. As long as the most popular people stay I’m happy! Maybe Paul Schneider will make an appearance. I’m excited to see who they get to come in to mix things up! I recommend a couple Office actors who should come back to NBC!

    • I believe Rob Lowe’s character is pretty popular…..

      • More popular than Leslie, Tom, Ron, and Andy..?

        • In my opinion only ron is a better character than chris

    • This is literally the saddest thing I have ever heard! ;)

      • +1 I wanted to write the exact same thing!

      • LOL! That was literally hilarious Bazinga!

  2. Wha??? Awwww……

  3. Great! More time for everyone’s favorite character…John Ralphio!

    • no, keep him as a recurring, every once in awhile character. too much of a good thing isn’t always well, good.

    • Yes, more John Ralphio… and his crazy sister!

    • Boo. He’s awful!

  4. so sad about this

  5. Chris Pratt is the next to go. When GOTG debuts he may have to leave to fulfill all of his marvel obligations. Imagine starlord in avengers 2 then appearing in a Nova movie.

    • GOTG won’t be in the Avengers 2. It’s a standalone movie.

      • I certainly hope Starlord appears in future marvel films!

  6. THIS NEW SUCKS. Seriously… just totally ruined my night. BOO SAUCE. NO.

    • ^NEWS

  7. I haven’t seen the recent couple of seasons of Parks and Rec, but from having watched the early seasons, these are my two characters pretty much. So not a great loss from my perspective.

    Rob Lowe’s character grew on me a little bit, from seeming like an awkward, ill-fitting ratings ploy at first.

    Rashida Jones…not to knock her or suggest that she’s untalented, but she seems to play the just blandest characters.

  8. “stop pooping.” I will definitely miss character Chris! he was a great comedic foil for Ron. oh well, at least Ann will be gone too.

  9. I only got hooked on Parks and Recreation recently (after a friend’s wife compared me to Ron Swanson and I had no idea who she was talking about), but Rob Lowe’s oddball presence and Rashida Jones’s interactions with Aubrey Plaza have been a treat, and they’ll both be missed. When I eventually make it as far as season 6…

  10. This really is a bummer and I’ll be sad to see Ann go but it’s understandable.
    Since season 2 they’ve really struggled to find stuff for her to do.
    Rob Lowe leaving isn’t a surprise at all because that’s just Rob Lowe.

  11. As long as they keep Ron Swanson, Tom, and Andy I’ll watch

  12. At first I thought they were taking Aubrey plaza off
    and I was like ” well no more parks and rec ”
    but found out it was Ann. I do hope the show
    doesn’t go off since Ann was a pretty love able
    character. If they did keep her I was hoping she
    would get with Ron

    • I agree with the “At least it’s Ann and not April” because Aubrey Plaza is amazing and I would quit watching if she left. But I don’t agree AT ALL about the possibility of Ann and Ron getting together. I mean ew. Plus, I like Diane.

      Oh, and all the Ann hate is unnecessary! She’s amazing, Rashida Jones is amazing, and the show is losing a wonderful character. I like Chris too, but ehhhhh… I can live without all the perkiness.