Morgan is leaving for “personal reasons,” the actress said in a statement posted to Instagram. A date for her final episode hasn’t been set yet, but she could possibly return as a guest star down the road.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have come to the difficult decision to step away from my role as ‘Micki Ramirez’ for personal reasons,” Morgan wrote on Instagram Friday night. “I am extremely grateful to the team at The CW network and CBS Studios, Anna Fricke, the most graceful and compassionate showrunner, Jared Padalecki, a wunder-boss and acting partner-in-crime for fully supporting my decision, while doing everything in their power to make this situation as comfortable as possible.
“This decision was entirely my choice and I am overwhelmed with gratitude to all those involved for their full support and compassion,” she added. “I have only been treated with the upmost respect, kindness and appreciation from this cast, crew, production, writing team, network and studio. Walker was one of the safest, professional and joyful sets that I’ve ever experienced and it was truly a privilege to create with such gems of human beings.”
“[T]hough my heart is breaking to no longer be kicking serious ass ‘TX Ranger style’ week after week on your TVs, I have to do what is best for myself,” she said in conclusion. “This isn’t goodbye, but an extended break and I hope to return to my career healthier and happier than ever after taking this time off.”
Morgan, a veteran of The CW’s The 100, costars on the sophomore drama as Micki Ramirez, a Texas Ranger who is the partner of Cordell Walker, played by series lead Jared Padalecki. Morgan has been a series regular since the show premiered in January. Walker returned for Season 2 earlier this week; read our full premiere recap here.
“Lindsey is a wonderful person, inside and out,” Padalecki said in a statement. “I am proud of, and grateful for, her work on Walker. Moreover, I’m honored to consider her a friend.”
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