Why did Liv Tyler leave 911: Lone Star? Let’s get Michelle’s season 2 exit explained as fans react to her absence on Twitter.

The beloved spin-off of 911 returns for a second season!

Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, American procedural 911: Lone Star premiered in January 2020 and was ushered back onto screens for another batch of episodes on Monday, January 18th 2021.

While audiences were happy to reacquaint themselves with a wealth of familiar faces, fans couldn’t help but feel the absence of paramedic captain Michelle Blake, played by 43-year-old actress Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings).

As it turns out, Liv won’t be returning in season 2, but why?

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Why did Liv Tyler leave 911: Lone Star?

  • Liv Tyler left 911: Lone Star due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hollywood Reporter highlights that the actress had commuted from London to Los Angeles for season 1, which is where the series is filmed.

She did have a multiple-year deal for the show, and showrunner Tim Minear has explained that the part will not be recast. Instead, 51-year-old actress Gina Torres will become a leading presence, starring as a paramedic captain who comes back into the fold after financial complications brought about by the pandemic.

Looking back on Michelle in season 1, she reunited with her sister, Iris, after believing she was dead. She had, in fact, been living under a bridge, although Michelle sadly wasn’t able to persuade her to come home.

Speaking with TV Insider, Tim said of the storyline: “Finding Iris and finding Iris in the state in which she was found is going to fundamentally change who Michelle is, and it will alter the course of her life and what is now an occupation will probably become a kind of vocation. She’s going to find a deeper purpose and a new meaning for her life.”

As The Hollywood Reporter acknowledges and this interview illustrates, Liv’s exit was not planned.

Tim Minear makes a statement

Addressing the star’s exit, Tim offered a farewell in a recent statement, thanking Liv for her input on the show:

“What a thrill it was having a movie star of Liv Tyler’s stature to help us launch the first season of 911: Lone Star. We loved working with Liv and will be forever indebted to her for her haunting, powerful portrayal of Michelle Blake. While we were able to tell a complete chapter in Michelle’s story, as with Connie Britton on our mothership, we also feel like there are more stories to be told.”

Importantly, he added: “The door here will always be open for a return.”

So, perhaps she may wish to reprise the role down the line.

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Fans react to Michelle’s exit on Twitter

Since Michelle’s absence was revealed in the season 2 premiere, fans have hopped on Twitter to raise their questions and offer their thoughts.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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