It's a sad news we've yet to fully accept, but Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are really leaving Pawnee.
During a press screening on Monday, Nov. 11, "Parks and Rec" star Amy Poehler commented on the impending swan song for Ann and Chris, who are leaving Pawnee to have a baby together. “Knowing our show, no one ever really leaves Pawnee -- we still call people back that did stuff in the first and second season, so, I’m certain that Rob and Rashida will make their way back to Pawnee as many times as we can drag them.”
Back in August, "Parks" creator Mike Shur said the decision to have the characters leave was a mutual between the actors and "Parks" team. "We had the idea creatively to sort of move in that direction and it totally dovetailed and aligned with what the two actors envisioned for themselves in their careers.
At the press conference, Shur remarked on how their departure leaves Poehler's character, Leslie. “It’s not like [Ann] leaves and Leslie will never mention her name again. There will be some episodes where she deals with the ripple of Ann leaving -- we’re writing that episode now.”
Take a look at an Instagram photo from the press screening on Monday showing the cast having some laughs in a post-screening Q&A.
"Parks and Recreation" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.