Kristen Hager has left her role as Dr. Stevie Hammer in Chicago Med, at least for now.
The actor had joined the NBC medical drama as a series regular for season 7, which premiered on September 22, 2021. However, she hasn’t appeared on an episode of the show since its 14th episode on March 2. .
Here’s everything you need to know about Hager’s character and his exit.
Why is Kristen Hager leaving ‘Chicago Med’?
Chicago Mediterranean recently had a cast shakeup following the departures of Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto as series regulars at the end of Season 6.
Hager joined ER doctor Stevie at the start of Season 7, and she was set to become a new series regular, even appearing to have a romance with Dr. Will. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss).
However, in episode 14, Hager’s character reconciled with her bipolar mother and chose to return to Michigan, where she could also try to fix things with her ex-husband and give their relationship another chance. marriage.
Since her decision to move, Stevie has not been seen in the emergency room of Chicago Med, and while the door is left open for his return, the character may well stay in Michigan.
Meanwhile, Gehlfuss’ character has found an old flame in her life as Dr. Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram) returns to Gaffney Chicago Medical Center after battling her drug addiction and being two years sober.
Those working behind the scenes on the show have shared the reason behind Hager’s character departure and the potential for a return.
Executive producers Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov said in a statement to TVLine: “Her story arc with her mother ended. But we all loved Kristen very much and would like her character to return in the future.”
In an interview with VarietyFrolov said of the character, “What’s going on with Stevie right now is she’s going back to trying to reconnect with her husband and make it work.
“So we’re leaving that up in the air. Is that actually happening? He’s a character that has the potential to come back.”
Hager, for his part, has not officially commented on his departure from Chicago Mediterranean so she may well return to the NBC show in the future. She is currently expecting a child with husband Matt Jones.
Newsweek has contacted Hager representatives for further comment.
Chicago Med airs on NBC every Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT, and it airs alongside Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.