EXCLUSIVE: Lindsey Morgan, the female lead opposite Jared Padalecki on CW’s Walker, is leaving the popular drama series during its current second season for personal reasons. Morgan, who has starred as Micki Ramirez in the CBS Studios-produced show from the start, will appear in a series of episodes in season 2, which premiered last night. Her last episode as a regular series is TBD, and she could potentially return as a guest star in the future.
“After much thoughtful consideration and introspection, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to step away from my role as Micki Ramirez d. Walker for personal reasons, and I am eternally grateful to have the support of the producers, CBS Studios and The CW to allow me to do so, ”Morgan said in a statement to Deadline. “The opportunity to play Micki has really been a blessing, just as it has been to work with the incredible cast and crew in this amazing series. Please know that I will continue to root for my TV family and wish them all the best. . “
The departure ends a long tenure in the CW for Morgan, who resigned Walker after seven seasons on the network’s post-apocalyptic drama The 100, six of them as a regular series.
Morgan approached recently Walker producers with her request to leave. Morgan’s partner on screen, Walker star and executive producer Padalecki, as well as series developer, executive producer and showrunner Anna Fricke; CW and CBS Studios all supported.
“Lindsey is a wonderful person, both inside and out,” Padalecki said. “I am proud and grateful for her work Walker. In addition, I am honored to consider her a friend. ”
Fricke added: “It has been a real pleasure working with Lindsey. I admire her as a person and a professional. Of course she will be missed, but we really support her and celebrate the influence she has had on this show.”
The re-enactment of the popular CBS drama Walker, Texas Ranger centers on Cordell Walker (Padalecki), a widower and father of two with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years. Morgan’s Micki Ramirez is Walker’s new partner, one of the first women in Texas Rangers history. Season 2 finds Micki so deep undercover that Walker gets worried about her.
In their joint statement, CW and CBS Studios suggested that Morgan could return to the series for guest appearances.
“We respect and support Lindsey Morgan’s decision to step down from her role as a regular series Walker and wish her only the best, ”said the network and the studio. “She is a hugely talented actress who will definitely be missed and we will of course leave the door open so ‘Micki’ returns.”
Walker was an instant outburst when it debuted in early 2021, quickly establishing itself as the CW’s most watched series. Fricke executive produces with Dan Lin, Lindsay Liberatore and Padalecki. Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan, Violet Brinson, Kale Culley, Coby Bell, Jeff Pierre and Odette Annable, who were promoted to a regular season prior to season 2, also star.