‘Blue Bloods’: Why Bridget Moynahan Called Amy Carlson’s Season 7 Exit ‘Unfortunate’

by Robert Davis

Blue Bloods star Bridget Moynahan, who plays Erin Reagan-Boyle on the show, called co-star Amy Carlson’s exit “unfortunate.”

At a panel discussion as part of New York’s PaleyFest last month, Moynihan told Entertainment Weekly that she and the cast were “disappointed to see [Carlson] was going.”

“It was unfortunate that she made that decision at the end of season 7, so we were stuck with the storyline as we could get it,” she added.

Carlson played Linda Reagan on the show through Season 7. Afterward, the show’s writers killed her character in a helicopter crash. The next season follows Reagan’s widowed husband, Danny, as he grieves.

Carlson added that she is”appalled” by her former co-star’s comments following her departure. She added that they are “inaccurate” without going any further.

According to an interview with Deadline, Carlson was surprised Moynihan reacted to her departure in that way

“If someone had said they were surprised and they didn’t know I was leaving I would just respond to them and say it’s standard to have conversations with actors whose contracts are up prior to the season ending.”

A Blue Bloods Surprise

Season 8 of “Blue Bloods” began with a surprise for fans. Detective Danny Reagan’s wife had died in a car crash. Now, Reagan has to pick up the pieces of his personal life while chasing bag guys daily.

The news didn’t sit well with fans, either. According to Deadline, the publication’s announcement of Carlson’s exit received over 1.1 million impressions on social media and over 630 comments from fans on its website.

Carlson described the reaction to her exit from “Blue Bloods” as “humbling.”

“I hear them, and I appreciate them so much, and I’m so grateful that they love this character that I created,” Carlson told EW. “I’m honored to have had the chance to portray her for as long as I did. It was seven great years, that’s a longer run than most shows get.”

Going Forward

Even though Carlson’s exit is over four seasons old, her departure is still fresh in the minds of many fans. Carlson decided not to renew her contract. Meanwhile, fans still desire a lot from her character.

In an interview with Deadline, Carlson said that she “feels badly” about the way her character died.

“I was surprised. I wouldn’t have done that,” Carlson said. “So, I feel sad for the fans because everyone wants closure, and I hear that a lot from the fans.”

The next season of “Blue Bloods” will air in mid-2021 and will carry on through 2022.