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Sophia Bush Explains Decision to Quit 'Chicago PD' TV Show

Sophia Bush Explains Decision to Quit 'Chicago PD' TV Show

Sophia Bush is opening up about why she decided to quit her NBC series Chicago PD.

The 36-year-old actress, who is currently developing new projects, chatted with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast about having an epiphany after visiting the Onsite retreat.

“I realized that as I was thinking I was like being the tough guy, doing the thing, showing up to work, I programmed myself to tolerate the intolerable,” Sophia said. “Part of the big break for me in saying, ‘No. I don’t necessarily know what it is, but I know that what’s happening is not good for me and everything has to change.’ That was a big cut off point when I quit my job.”

“I quit because, what I’ve learned is I’ve been so programmed to be a good girl and to be a work horse and be a tug boat that I have always prioritized tugging the ship for the crew, for the show, for the group, ahead of my own health. The reality was that my body was, like, falling apart, because I was really, really unhappy,” Sophia added.

Some of the problems that Sophia faced on set were the harsh weather conditions in Chicago.

Sophia had signed a seven-year contract for the show and notified her bosses about issues she was facing in between seasons three and four. When she was “told to stop,” she threatened to sue the network and write an op-ed for the New York Times if she wasn’t let out of her contract quietly.

“I work really hard. I know I have a good reputation. I am not a difficult person to work with,” she said (via People). “Nearing my tenure there, I was probably difficult to be around because I was in so much pain and I felt so ignored.”

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  • Jillian

    I’m glad she got out when she did. I’ve experienced being unhappy at a job and it’s the worst. Good for her

  • Ausangel01

    What a brat! O.K so you weren’t happy at work, we’ve all been there, but what we don’t do is stamp our feet and make threats to destroy everyone in order to get out of a contract. How dare you threaten the livelihoods of everyone working on that show in front and behind the cameras. That’s how they’re able to keep a roof over their heads and feed their families, and you want to blow it all up because you were unhappy…selfish.

  • Alexandra

    Actually, she talks about that as well. Staying for “the greater good” and how eventually it wasn’t good on any account for anyone involved, especially her.
    I think you should listened to the podcast (at least the part she talks about Chicago PD) because she’s pretty clear why she left the show and her thought process at the time. This transcript left things out, pretty important parts for that matter.

    One of the things that I think is important is when she was listing the working conditions and she was “told to stop” was because her boss said it was because if she kept going he would have to call HH.RR and he didn’t want “to deal with it”.

  • Alexandra

    Oh! And when she was told there was no way she was being let out of her contract she threatened to sue and writing the op-ed detailing the working environment

  • Ausangel01

    I’ve heard her change her story so many times. She was unhappy I get that, but she threatened other people and tried to destroy how they support their families and for me that will never be okay.

  • becka

    Both of you make such good points! On one hand its incredible unfair for her to voice concerns and to be simply told to shut up. On the other, it’s very selfish to put the whole cast and crew in danger of losing their lively hoods because she is unhappy and struggling with the weather conditions, when literally every other cast and crew member is in the same boat. And the lighting guys and the camera operators don’t get paid a fraction of what she did.

    But, given the dreadful things that happened back on OTH, she probably felt like life was repeating itself and she was once again tied to a contract with no way out.

    I think the real bug bear I have though is the fact that Sophia told them to let her out of her contract quietly, when she herself can’t seem to stop banging on about it. Even after all these years. And every time she does talk about Chicago PD, the story gets longer and she drags them further into the mud. As far as I’m aware, they haven’t said a thing about her in response. (Though I may be wrong, please correct me if I am.) Plus, I don’t recall any other actors leaving the show apart from her.

  • Alexandra

    To be honest I don’t know if the Chicago PD producers have talked why she left the show. And really don’t know what has Sophia said in the past either. I just replied to the comment above because I listened to the podcast and, in my opinion, the transcript didn’t fully expressed what she said.
    And it wasn’t just the weather conditions, she talked about being yelled at and stuff like that.

    But I agree with you about being let out of her contract quietly and now talking about it publicly it’s contradictory, maybe the wound is still fresh (she left the show last year?), I don’t know

  • wally

    Did you guys miss what happened with that show when the whole #MeToo thing was going down? It turned out that actor Jason Beghe was really abusive onset to several female cast members, including Sophia. NBC only addressed it AFTER several women came forward during #MeToo – after Sophia had already left the series. Beghe did not lose his job though; they just sent him to anger management. Good for her for having the balls to leave. She is not responsible for other people’s jobs if they are not protecting her, or her costars, at work.

  • wally

    Shame on you for not posting EVERYTHING she said, and for leaving out the most important part of why she left, JJ. Here’s the quote you should have used from the Dax interview: “It was a
    consistent onslaught barrage of abusive behavior. You start to lose your
    way when someone assaults you in a room full of people and everyone
    literally looks away, looks at the floor, looks at the ceiling, and
    you’re the one woman in the room and every man who’s twice your size
    doesn’t do something.”

    It came out after she left and the #MeToo movement was in full-swing that her costar Jason Beghe was being abusive onset! Not only that but her other male co-workers apparently saw his behavior and did nothing to help her. I would not want to work in a toxic environment like that either, and neither would the judgmental people on this site who are saying she’s a brat for causing people to lose their jobs by her quitting. Sorry, but if co-workers and NBC knew what her and other ladies on the
    series were going through and did nothing – that’s on them, not her. And nobody lost their jobs with her departure since bully Jason Beghe is still starring in the series because NBC only sent him to anger management when it came out about his behavior. Good for her for getting out of what her and other folks on the series described as a very toxic atmosphere because of Beghe, and those that were protecting him instead of those he was abusing.

    “[It was] a consistent
    onslaught barrage of abusive behavior. You start to lose your way when
    someone assaults you in a room full of people and everyone literally
    looks away, looks at the floor, looks at the ceiling, and you’re the one
    woman in the room and every man who’s twice your size doesn’t do
    something,” Read more at: http://www.x17online.com/2018/12/sophia_bush_quit_chicago_pd_abuse_assault_121118#comments
    “[It was] a consistent
    onslaught barrage of abusive behavior. You start to lose your way when
    someone assaults you in a room full of people and everyone literally
    looks away, looks at the floor, looks at the ceiling, and you’re the one
    woman in the room and every man who’s twice your size doesn’t do
    something,” Read more at: http://www.x17online.com/2018/12/sophia_bush_quit_chicago_pd_abuse_assault_121118#comments
    “[It was] a consistent
    onslaught barrage of abusive behavior. You start to lose your way when
    someone assaults you in a room full of people and everyone literally
    looks away, looks at the floor, looks at the ceiling, and you’re the one
    woman in the room and every man who’s twice your size doesn’t do
    something,” Read more at: http://www.x17online.com/2018/12/sophia_bush_quit_chicago_pd_abuse_assault_121118#comments
    “[It was] a consistent
    onslaught barrage of abusive behavior. You start to lose your way when
    someone assaults you in a room full of people and everyone literally
    looks away, looks at the floor, looks at the ceiling, and you’re the one
    woman in the room and every man who’s twice your size doesn’t do
    something,” Read more at: http://www.x17online.com/2018/12/sophia_bush_quit_chicago_pd_abuse_assault_121118#comments

  • Alexandra

    I truly didn’t know anything about it. Like I said I just replied because I thought the transcript didn’t do justice to what she actually said on Dax’s podcast.