The Real Reason Chelsea Peretti Left Brooklyn Nine Nine
Throughout its seven seasons, Michael Schur's delightful workplace comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine has introduced audiences to an incredibly fun cast of characters unlike anything else on television.
There's somebody for everybody to love in the Nine-Nine, but we can't forget about one of the show's most beloved characters: Gina Linetti.
Played by comedian Chelsea Peretti, Gina Linetti is pure id, constantly drawing attention to her extremely high self-esteem and super-specific worldview, all while making audiences laugh with her bold antics and distinctive attitude.
Despite Gina's overwhelming popularity, however, Peretti made the seemingly unexpected decision to leave the show in its sixth season. If you're wondering why Peretti and Schur ended Gina's journey within the show early and what Peretti is up to now, we've got you covered.
Once it was announced that Peretti would be leaving Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gina and the show delivered one last time. In the season 6 episode "Four Movements," Gina employs her dance skills and sense of drama to say an individual goodbye to each member of the precinct, producing an episode that's just as hilarious as it is moving.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Peretti opened up about the process behind her farewell episode and why it was the right time to leave, indicating that the decision was made jointly among herself, executive producer Dan Goor, and Schur.
"Well, it wasn't just a solo process. I wasn't just like, 'I'm leaving!' and I swing my cape...I think it came together this was the time to do it. It's not always easy to make changes in life, but I feel like everyone came to a point where everyone was like, 'OK, this is the time.'"
Peretti also dished up details on the episode itself, saying that she had plenty of creative control when it came to Gina's grand goodbye:
"I had a lot of input. Me and Dan spent a lot of time on the phone cackling about a variety of different ideas. Not all of them made it in. But we did have a lot of fun."
Though Peretti clearly loved playing Gina, as she told The Hollywood Reporter, she was surprised and gratified to find that her character had helped women become more confident, it was time for her to move on and try something new, which is exactly what this versatile comedian did. Though she also told THR that her next moves included, quote, "running for President of the United States of America, or a senator," Peretti has stuck to comedy.
In the season six episode called "The Return of the King," Gina made a brief return as a full-fledged celebrity. Ever since then, she's stayed out of Brooklyn and worked on other projects, and she has a very diverse resume to back her up. Peretti has appeared in films like Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Game Night. She's also lent her voice to projects like Big Mouth, American Dad!, Harvey Girls Forever!, Adventure Time, Crank Yankers, and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles over the years, as well as a two-episode stint on The Simpsons in 2019.
Recently, Peretti embarked on a new venture that would probably make Gina Linetti pretty proud. In April 2020, she unexpectedly announced that she was starting a new career in music. The ensuing EP, Foam & Flotsam, which she dropped shortly after a lengthy announcement, is a conceptual mini-album about coffee shops. It features her Brooklyn co-star Terry Crews and comedian Reggie Watts, among others, and features songs with titles like "LATE," "SOUNDPROOF," and "OATMILK." Peretti even recorded high-concept music videos to go along with several songs, and her super-serious approach to this super-silly material is just the icing on the cake.
Outside of her work, Peretti also became a mother. She and husband Jordan Peele welcomed Beaumont Gino Peele into the world in July of 2017.
Gina may not work at the Nine-Nine anymore, but if you want to relive her glory days, the entirety of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is streaming on Hulu. Watch the video to learn The Real Reason Chelsea Peretti Left Brooklyn Nine Nine!
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