This article contains spoilers. Chicago Fire fans are devastated about Adriyan Rae’s (plays Gianna Mackey) decision to leave the NBC drama show.

Many fans have been left heartbroken after Chicago Fire star Adriyan Rae announced her departure from the show on social media.

The actress, who plays medic Gianna Mackey, confirmed the news with an Instagram post. She joined the cast as a newcomer this season.

But why did Adriyan leave Chicago Fire? Here’s what showrunner Derek Haas had to say about the star’s departure.

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Adriyan Rae leaves Chicago Fire

Adriyan Rae confirmed her departure from Chicago Fire on Instagram.

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In last night’s episode (March 17th), her character Mackey accepted a new position at another firehouse where there were opportunities for her career’s advancement.

On Wednesday, March 17th, Adriyan announced the news about her character’s exit, and penned a lengthy message, writing:

“Though it’s coming to an unexpected end, this journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have learned sooo many valuable lessons, gone through acting Olympics and come out stronger, and most importantly, met & made so many amazing friends.

“Thank you to every director, producer, crew member, cast member, transpo, catering, Dick Wolf, and the whole camp. You’ve been amazing and you’re so appreciated.”

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Why did Adriyan Rae leave Chicago Fire?

Chicago Fire showrunner Derek Haas revealed that Adriyan left the show due to “private reasons”.

In an interview with EW, Haas said that he respects the star’s decision and teased that this might not be the last time viewers get to see Mackey. He said:

“Adriyan let us know she had some private reasons to leave Chicago. To hear that as a showrunner, you absolutely respect what an actor needs. All I can say is we love her, and I know she’s going to be great on some other series.

“And she left 51 on great terms, so there’s a chance we could check in on her. We’re always looking for something to boost up a crossover! I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Mackey in Firehouse 51.”

Fans react to Adriyan Rae’s exit

It’s safe to say that a lot of Chicago Fire viewers are heartbroken to see Adriyan leave and said that she will be greatly missed.

Many fans took to social media to wish the actress all the best in her future endeavours.

Check out a selection of reactions down below.

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