Why did Natalie leave Chicago Med?

Chicago Med’s Torrey DeVitto left her role as Natalie Manning to explore new roles, as she is set to feature in the upcoming indie film, Skelly.

The beginning of the seventh season of Chicago Med marked the departure of two of its cast members, who have been part of the show since its inception. The first was Yaya DaCosta, who played the character of April Sexton. Her exit was off-screen, after she confirmed her non-return to the show following the season six finale.

Second was that of Torrey DeVitto, who played the character of Natalie Manning. While her non-return was confirmed ahead of the seventh season premiere, she did make her final appearance during the season seven opening, giving fans of the show a final goodbye. Their departure from the show was in an effort to allow them to explore new acting roles.

Technically, it is believed that contracts signed for shows of this format are six-year deals between the actors and the studio. Therefore, in order to return for a seventh season, actors renegotiate their contracts and decide whether they want to return or not. Devitto, as well as DaCosta, opted not to renew their contracts, hence their departures from the show.

Following her exit, DeVitto took to Instagram to pen a touching message to the cast, crew and viewers that have supported her, where she wrote, “Well, looks like the cat is out of the bag…All good things must come to an end. It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for her and me to bow out and say goodbye.”

She added, “Thank you to all you loyal watchers who adored her as much as I did. I can’t wait to share what’s to come with all of you. New adventures await!” The new adventure in question is the indie film she is currently filming, Skelly, which began production in September 2021.