Sophia Bush shocked fans of Chicago P.D. when she abruptly left the hit NBC cop show in May.
But her leaving — strongly rumored to have something to do with star Jason Beghe‘s charges of “inappropriate behavior” — was not as sudden as many thought.
On Refinery 29‘s Unstyled podcast, the primetime TV vet talked about giving up her “dream job,” saying:
“Aspects of it, don’t get me wrong, were wonderful. But, I realized by the end of the second season I couldn’t do that job anymore.”
She would not confirm exactly what the circumstances were, saying she would give “the specific breakdown” when she was good and ready, but she did reveal exactly WHAT she said to her bosses when she gave them her ultimatum.
And it should be framed and put in a damn museum. She said:
“A year later, when I sat my bosses down, it was in the summer, between Seasons 3 and 4, and I said, ‘Here’s where we are. Here’s everything you’re aware of. Here’s how I’m coming to you today. If something really drastic doesn’t change, I’m leaving at the end of the year.’ Because I understand how the business works and how women are treated, I said, ‘I’m giving you not two weeks notice, and I’m not coming in here throwing shit and breaking lamps and saying I’m never coming back. I’m giving you 23 episodes notice. I’m giving you that much time. So there will be no conversation in which I was hysterical, emotional, in which I was being [an] ‘irrational female’ or whatever you want to put on it. I’m literally sitting in front of you like cool as a cucumber. If this has to be like a big swinging-dick competition, I promise you I will win. But know this now: If we’re not having a very different conversation by Christmas, then you know with 100 percent certainty in December that come the end of April, I’m leaving.'”
Ho. Lee. Shit.
That was amazing.
We will follow this woman ANYWHERE from now on.
[Image via NBC.]