Taylor Kinney is taking a break from NBC’s Chicago Fire because of a ‘personal matter’

Taylor Kinney is taking a break from NBC’s Chicago Fire because of a ‘personal matter’

Taylor Kinney is taking a break from NBC’s Chicago Fire for a “personal matter” after starring on the show for 11 seasons

Taylor Kinney says goodbye to Chicago Fire.

A source confirmed to Deadline on Friday that the 41-year-old actor will be taking a break from the NBC drama series to deal with “personal matters.”

The fan favorite, who was previously engaged to Lady Gaga, has played Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Kelly Severide since the show debuted in 2012.

Taking a break: Taylor Kinney, 41, is taking a vacation from Chicago Fire; Pictured May 2022

He’s one of the few main cast members to appear in every episode, and NBC has yet to report on how he’s being indefinitely cut from the series.

The Vampire Diaries vet has been nominated three times for a People’s Choice Award, winning in 2015 for his role in the ongoing series.

In the past, he also appeared in 11 episodes of the spin-off series Chicago Fire titled Chicago PD which debuted in 2014.

Retirement: A source confirmed to Deadline on Friday that the actor will be taking a break from the NBC drama series to deal with personal matters;  Pictured in a still from the show

Retirement: A source confirmed to Deadline on Friday that the actor will be taking a break from the NBC drama series to deal with personal matters; Pictured in a still from the show

The series ended in 2020.

He also played Kelly Severide again in 10 episodes of Chicago Med, which aired from 2015 to 2022.

Finally, there was another spin-off series from 2017 called Chicago Justice in which he only appeared in one episode.

Longtime cast member: The fan favorite - previously engaged to Lady Gaga - has played Chicago Fire Department Lt. Kelly Severide since the series debuted in 2012;  Pictured 2018

Longtime cast member: The fan favorite – previously engaged to Lady Gaga – has played Chicago Fire Department Lt. Kelly Severide since the series debuted in 2012; Pictured 2018

In 2021, his co-star Jesse Spencer left the show but inevitably returned for the Season 10 finale.

Derek Haas, the series’ television writer, also announced in November that he was leaving the franchise and Wolf Entertainment after 10 years.

In an exclusive interview with Variety, Haas said in a statement, “Although I’m leaving Wolf Entertainment next year to focus on creating new shows, I’m committed to delivering amazing episodes of Chicago Fire and FBI: International by the end of the year to deliver current seasons.’

Future unknown: He's one of the few main cast members to appear in every episode, and NBC has yet to report on how he's being indefinitely pulled from the series

Future unknown: He’s one of the few main cast members to appear in every episode, and NBC has yet to report on how he’s being indefinitely pulled from the series

He added, “I learned everything I know about storytelling, pacing, characters, production values ​​and hiring the best cast, crews and staff from Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski.

“And as hard as it is to leave a place you love and have called home for over a decade, including the incredible support of Universal Television, NBC and CBS, I look forward to building my own brand in entertainment “, he continued.

Chicago Fire resumes on February 8 on NBC and continues to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

Season 11 Continues: Chicago Fire resumes on February 8 on NBC and continues to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET

Season 11 Continues: Chicago Fire resumes on February 8 on NBC and continues to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET