Twilight star Kellan Lutz has opened up on the reasons why he has exited FBI: Most Wanted in its third season.
The actor, who plays Special Agent Kenny Crosby on the CBS procedural, has made the hard decision to leave the series.
"Crosby won't be chasing down any bad guys for a little while," Lutz confirmed in a post on his Instagram.
The actor said that a series of heartbreaks, including the loss of his daughter six months into his wife Brittany Gonzales' pregnancy, took a toll on him.
"2020 was a lot for everyone to say the least. For me it started with losing my first daughter, then nearly my wife, and both grandfathers among other things, all in the middle of a global pandemic on the opposite side of the country from my family, friends, and entire support system," Lutz continued.
"If 2020 taught me anything it’s how important family truly is."
"After a lot of prayer and reflection I made the difficult decision to move my growing family back to [California] so our daughter could grow up with her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, just a short drive away."
He went on to praise the cast and crew for their support and understanding throughout the process, saying: "They've supported me in the lows and celebrated with me in the highs and I will forever be grateful for everything they've done for me."
His character Crosby left the show at the end of the season 3 premiere. In the crossover episode with FBI and new spinoff FBI: International, a murder suspect is identified as Curt Williams, a fellow veteran who had served alongside Crosby in the Army.
Crosby is ultimately shot by Williams, requiring immediate surgery. Faced with a long recovery, Crosby laves the FBI team and returns home to his parents in Oklahoma.
BFI: Most Wanted airs on Tuesdays on CBS in the US.
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