Taylor Kinney is leaving her NBC show “Chicago Fire”.
The 41-year-old actor, who has been on the show for more than a decade, is taking “a leave of absence to deal with his personal issues,” a source close to the production told Fox News Digital.
Deadline reported that the cast and crew were informed of Kinney’s departure on Friday. The series is airing its 11th season and rewrites may be needed to explain the actor’s departure.
A representative of “Chicago Fire” declined to comment. A representative for Kinney did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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Kinney has played Chicago firefighter Lieutenant Kelly Severide since the show’s debut in October 2012. “The Vampire Diaries” alum has also appeared in other episodes of Wolf Entertainment’s “One Chicago” franchise including “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Med” and “Justice of Chicago.”
Despite Kinney’s previously known “ladies-man” appearance, he married fellow firefighter Lieutenant Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) at the end of season 10 last May. The series premiered in winter 11 on January 4 but the show is on hiatus until February 8.
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Last week, Kinney revealed his first impressions of “Chicago Fire” in an interview with NBC.
“I was in the audition zone a lot, so I was smart,” he said. “I remember that I was never worried. I was happy about it, and then you leave it to the powers that be,”
“It went well, and 10 years later I’m still here harassing you on TV while you’re doing laundry,” the Pennsylvania native joked.
“Chicago Fire” airs Wednesdays at 9 pm ET/PT on NBC.
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