It’s tough when a character we’ve gotten to know leaves one of our favorite shows; especially if the exit is unexpected. Exits like these can even be extra tough when the departure leaves behind relationships that haven’t quite been finished. Fans were taken back in the sixth season finale of Chicago Med when they learned one character would be leaving; saying goodbye to coworkers, and a major relationship that had developed on the hit One Chicago Drama.
As the sixth season of Chicago Med wrapped up, fans were shocked with the departure of April Sexton, a nurse working in the One Chicago Emergency Department.
April’s exit was enough to shock fans. And, the lack of closure the character had with her romantic partner, doctor Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) left a big hole for Chicago Med fans.
When asked if she felt that her character, April had proper closure in regards to her relationship with Ethan in the character’s final moments on Chicago Med, actress YaYa DaCosta was quick to say that she felt a lot was left unsaid.
“No, not at all,” YaYa DaCosta said of whether or not she believed Ethan and April had closure before April’s departure.
“I think that when [the finale] was written, the idea of April not being at Gaffney Medical Center, and me not being on the show, was not even a thought,” the actress explains.
“Things happened behind the scenes very quickly,” DaCosta continued.
“We were literally in the final days of shooting the episode,” the actress continues. “While conversations and negotiations about my working there were going on.”
‘Chicago Med’ Star Leaves As A Window Opens
In the Chicago Med sixth season finale ER nurse April Sexton was accepted into a nursing program; as she chooses to continue schooling to become a Nurse Practitioner.
This, DaCosta notes, explains the absence of her character as the seventh season of Chicago Med gets underway.
Her reason for the exit? A new show on which she will be starring, FOX’s new drama Our Kind of People.
The former Chicago Med star says that she saw a window for an opportunity she would love to try, and the timing worked just right.
“There was a window opening and a question mark as to whether I should stay or go,” DaCosta explains.
“And in that window, I fell in love with Our Kind of People,” the actress continues, adding that part of what drew her to the opportunity is her costar.
“I jumped at the opportunity to work with Lee Daniels again,” she said. “I first worked with him years ago on The Butler.”
Her character’s exit on Chicago Med is one that worked well for the actress. However, she does wish the storyline offered a bit more closure for April and Ethan.
“April was holding Ethan’s hand and saying, ‘I’ll never stop loving you,'” the actress said.
“April would’ve joined the nurse practitioners program at Gaffney,” continues DaCosta. “But because that didn’t happen and I left, they were able to redefine those moments.”