Rashida Jones and co-star Rob Lowe will exit NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' in February
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Parks and Recreation is losing two of its co-stars.
Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, whose characters Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins are expecting a baby on NBC's comedy, will exit the series after the 13th episode of the upcoming sixth season, expected to air next February.
Jones has been on the show -- originally conceived as a spinoff of The Office -- since its 2009 premiere, while Lowe has been billed as a permanent guest star since his 2010 debut.
Here's what executive producer Mike Schur had to say about the exits in a statement:
"The news about Rob and Rashida is true -- they will be leaving the show after the 13th episode of the upcoming season six. We've been working on their story line (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase.
"We absolutely love both Rashida and Rob, and will be sad to see them go. Rashida was one of the very first people we knew we wanted in the cast, and as important as Ann is to Leslie (and vice-versa), she'll certainly never be far from Pawnee. Rob we initially thought we could only have for six or eight episodes, and we couldn't be happier that he will have stuck around for 75.
"They are wonderful, funny, committed actors, they've been a huge part of the Parks and Rec family, and we think we have a great Pawnee send-off in the works for them."