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Mindy Project: Chris Messina Returning for Season 5 But Not as a Series Regular

Chris Messina‘s markedly lighter Mindy Project workload will soon be reflected in his billing.

TVLine has learned exclusively that when the Hulu comedy returns for its fifth season, Messina will no longer be a series regular. The actor will, however, continue to pop in and out of Mindy‘s orbit, albeit as a recurring guest star.

Messina’s Danny started the season as Mindy’s fiancé, though the engagement was called off in the midseason premiere. Since that episode, Danny has appeared sporadically in the series, showing up most recently to freak out when he realized that Jody had feelings for Dr. L. Though he is often mentioned, he’s rarely seen: In “Under the Texan Sun,” for instance, Mindy drops Leo at his dad’s place and has a conversation with Danny’s new girlfriend, but Dr. C is in the shower off-screen for the entire exchange.

The Mindy Project has weathered a number of cast changes over its four-season run, the biggest shakeup occurring in Season 1 when Amanda Setton, Stephen Tobolowsky and Anna Camp all departed the series (Xosha Roquemore and Adam Pally were brought in at the start of Season 2 to fill the void).

Hulu officially renewed The Mindy Project for Season 5 in early May. The season 4 finale airs on July 5.