‘Chicago PD’: Sophia Bush Pens Touching Birthday Letter to ‘Legend and Icon’ Billie Jean King

by Chase Thomas
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Former star of Chicago PD, Sophia Bush, penned a beautiful note on her personal Instagram page. The post was for Billie Jean King on Tuesday for her birthday. In the photo, you find Bush, King, and Nia Batts.

Clearly, King meant a lot to the former Chicago PD star. She captioned the post saying, “Happy Birthday @billiejeanking! You are a legend and an icon, which everyone knows. And you are funny, witty, deeply kind, and so incredibly committed to advancing society and lifting people up, which everyone should know! We are so honored to stand on your shoulders as women forging our own paths, and even more honored (and still pinching ourselves) to be standing alongside you as your fellow strategic advisors to the @firstwomensbank. Getting to hang out with you AND learn from you!? How come we get a gift on your birthday! Here’s hoping it’s a tremendous one, you legend you!”

Sophia Bush Competes Against ‘Chicago PD’

Bush was a staple on Chicago PD for years on NBC, but she exited the program after the season four finale. It was a tough blow for fans of the program developed by Dick Wolf. However, as you folks know, the show has not missed a beat. The program continues to thrive without Detective Erin Lindsay in the fold as they are nearing the double-digit mark in seasons of the show.

Now, Bush joined the CBS program, Good Sam. The show will first air on January 5, 2022. What’s even juicier about this move for Bush is that she will be in direct competition with her former costars on Chicago PD. Yes, Good Sam will debut on that fifth of January on the same day and time as Chicago PD on NBC. One has to wonder if this bold move will ultimately be the correct one for the network.

Why Sophia Bush Left ‘Chicago PD’

In perhaps rough and rather unpleasant news for fans of Chicago PD, don’t expect any concerns from Bush on the competition if her conversation with Dax Shepard in 2018 is any indication. As she tells it on his podcast, she may have only officially exited the NBC show after season four, but she tried to leave the show even earlier than that. As we saw, it took until the end of season four for that to be the case.

From Bush’s perspective, the “working conditions” on the set while working were not good. She also says that she experienced a “consistent onslaught barrage of abusive behavior.”

She added that “I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable.”

When Good Sam debuts, it’s safe to guess that Bush will not be the least bit concerned about competing directly against her former show on NBC. Still, this is a huge starring role for Bush, her first since Chicago PD. We shall see how it all unfolds in 2022.

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