In a shocking twist, fans of “Blue Bloods” tuned into the season eight premiere on Friday, September 29 of the venerable CBS drama series only to learn that Amy Carlson (ex-Josie Watts Sinclair, “Another World”) had concluded her run as Linda Reagan. Carlson’s departure was revealed during a therapy session for her character’s husband, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), as he discussed losing his wife following a horrific helicopter crash while on the job.
Carlson, who was recurring on the series during its first season before being upped to series regular in season two, shared an open letter with fans on her social media pages shortly after the show. “My heart is full of gratitude to each of you for your generous support for me and my character for the last seven years of ‘Blue Bloods,'” said the actress. “I’m proud of my contribution to building this series. I’m so grateful to CBS and the ‘Blue Bloods’ cast and crew. Mostly, I am grateful to the fans who have supported me and the show.”
According to Deadline, Carlson decided to move on from the series after her contract expired at the end of season seven. No word yet on what’s next for the actress, who, in addition to her time on “Another World,” is also known for her stint as Kelly Gaffney on “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” and Alex Taylor on “Third Watch.”
— amy carlson (@TheAmyCarlson) September 30, 2017
My heart is full of gratitude to each of you for your generous support of me and my character for the last seven years of Blue Bloods – Linda Reagan. I have been touched by your compassion and enthusiasm. I loved playing Linda: wife to Danny, mother to Jack and Sean, nurse and working mom. I’m proud of my contribution to building this series. I’m so grateful to CBS and the Blue Bloods cast and crew. Mostly, I am grateful to the fans who have supported me and the show. Peace, blessings and many ‘love you mores’ to all of you. Warmly, Amy Carlson @bluebloods_cbs @cbstv . . . Phot by @ReneeBevan