Four months after announcing her departure from “Chicago Med,” Yaya DaCosta explained the real reason behind her decision. As it turns out, the actor decided to opt out of her NBC contract after being offered a role on Lee Daniels’ new Fox series “Our Kind of People,” which premiered on September 21.
“My exit from ‘Chicago Med’ and the arrival of this show happened really simultaneously,” DaCosta said on the show’s panel TCA talk in September (via Deadline). “There isn’t much to say about it.” So, as her “Chicago Med” contract was up for renewal, the actor decided to work with Daniels. “There was a window opening and a question mark as to whether I should stay or go,” she explained. “And in that window, I fell in love with ‘Our Kind of People’ and I jumped at the opportunity to work with Lee Daniels again.” DaCosta previously worked with the director on the movie “The Butler.”
Elsewhere, DaCosta revealed what viewers can expect to see on the new series. “The show is a dream in so many ways and it’s saucy and so much fun! And there’s so much about my character [Angela] that I felt was really important to bring to the forefront of our discussions,” she said. “We’re just playing with these serious themes and we’re making them fun.” Once DaCosta confirmed that she would be leaving “Chicago Med,” viewers took to social media to react to the news.