By this point, hopefully the news has started to settle in a little bit that both Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be saying farewell to Pawnee, and thus to “Parks and Recreation” after the first 13 episodes of the year are over. This allows for their characters of Ann and Chris to have some sort of future elsewhere with their new child, and it also allows the show to explore some new directions in its creative.
But with this being said, there are certainly going to be a few people who are not going to be particularly pleased to hear this news. One of these people, of course, is going to be none other than Leslie Knope. Speaking to TV Guide in a new interview, executive producer Mike Schur explains that Jones’ Ann is going to do almost everything that she can to make sure that her exit does not turn into a disaster with her best friend:
“When Ann makes the decision, the first thing she does is tell Leslie because she knows it’s going to be a thing. Leslie is in the middle of trying to manage a very large thing and she basically spirals super-hard and ends up taking out her feelings — instead of talking to Ann about the issue — on a bunch of people for no good reason.”
This does sound like vintage Leslie in many ways, but also a perfect way in which to play off the exit in a way that will be heartfelt for the show. We’ll be right along with Leslie going through the stages of grief, as she tries to figure out just how to deal with what to her is devastating news, leading up to the moment where she realizes that everything is going to be okay, sad as the news may be to hear.
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