In April 2019, “Chicago Med” fans were devastated when it was announced that Colin Donnell and his character, Dr. Connor Rhodes, would be leaving the series in a dramatic exit for the One Chicago universe. According to Deadline, sources close to the production revealed that his departure was due to creative differences, specifically regarding the evolution of his character’s story. Shortly after Deadline’s story went live, Donnell took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to seemingly confirm the news by sharing the article. “Sorry to say that this is true. I love my #ChicagoMed #OneChicago family dearly,” he wrote. “And a special thank you to all the fans that have made these last four seasons so amazing.”
While his time with the series was cut short, Donnell has had nothing but good things to say about the show and its creatives. “I can’t say anything negative. They let me know that they were going to move in a new direction, and I went, ‘Thanks for an awesome four years,'” he told Us Weekly in September 2019. He also gushed about his character’s ending, which saw Dr. Connor leaving Chicago after two significant deaths in his life. “He left on his own terms, which I thought was really lovely for the character and for me personally,” he added.