Why Did April Leave Chicago Med? Will She Return In Season 8?

The character of April Sexton, played by Yaya DaCosta, deeply impacted the fans’ lives. April first made an impression when audiences got to know her back in “Chicago Med” season 1 as an Emergency Department nurse. After working and assisting Maggie (Marlyne Barett) and Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), April and Ethan caught feelings for each other. They moved in together as the season progressed and got engaged but suddenly, the engagement was called off because of multiple failed IVF treatments and unforgivable infidelity.

In all the six seasons of “Chicago Med,” April was shown to be an extremely empathetic powerhouse nurse. The character of April felt at home and when she announced leaving the show, the fans couldn’t convince their heart to say goodbye. So, why did April leave “Chicago Med”? Here is the answer that fans have been longing for.

April Sexton left “Chicago Med” in Season 6

Viewers were given a great reason behind April leaving “Chicago Med.” Fans saw the character leaving the show on “Chicago Med” season 6, giving her so much identity. While exiting, it was shown that April got accepted into a Nurse Practitioner Program and for that reason, she left Chicago Medical Center to achieve her career goals. The creators ensured that April’s exit is shown naturally, in the way of her career trajectory. Though there were few unfinished ends, the relationship status with Ethan was also left unfinished.

Why Did April Leave Chicago Med?
Why Did April Leave Chicago Med?


During the “Chicago Med” season 6 finale, it was shown that after Ethan’s surgery, he works up to see April taking his care. April expressed her feelings and how she tried to move on from him but failed to. Ethan also confessed that he still loves her but April then revealed about her getting accepted into the nursing program. So that was the main reason why April left “Chicago Med.”

Will April Return To “Chicago Med”?

The whole of season 7 went without April. Fans heavily missed the character of April which was so empowering. But during the season 8 premiere of “Chicago Med”, we got a surprise comeback. Yes, April was seen yet again. April returned to the show to give the audience a sigh of relief.  

But how was she again put back in the “Chicago Med”?

The character’s reintroduction was unusual since Ethan ran into April when he was attending his father’s grave. 

On seeing April, Ethan was shocked. April said, “I saw your dad’s obituary,” “I would have come to the service. I wasn’t sure… I didn’t want it to be awkward.”

Ethan’s father died in season 7, which was a great way of bringing back a character that has been so closely connected to Ethan’s life. The lover of April asked if she had returned back to Chicago. But to his disappointment, she said that she will only be back after completing her NP Program. The former couple talked about how Ethan has fully recovered and then discussed Ethan’s family.

April proceeded to ask, “You didn’t get married, did you?” and Ethan clarified that he is still single and then asked about April’s marital status. And of course, she answered “No”.

Why did Yaya DaCosta leave the show “Chicago Med”?

Well, in a recent interview with Deadline, Yaya DaCosta talks about her unforeseen departure from “Chicago Med” after six successful seasons. However, the star was quick to clarify that she had nothing to do with the decision since it was all a creative decision. During the TCA panel, she clarified, “My exit from Chicago Med and the arrival of this show happened really simultaneously. There isn’t much to say about it. There was a window opening and a question mark as to whether I should stay or go,” “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. I first worked with him years ago on The Butler.


Though Yaya did miss playing the role of April Sexton, she had many new opportunities opened up for her soon after the exit. Now that she is back, we know how excited the whole “Chicago Med” fandom is to see Ethan and April exploring their relationship. Now, one thing that is still confusing fans is whether April is in every episode like the previous seasons, or is this just a guest appearance? Well, as the story unfolds, we will get more clarity. But we are sure that the creators have made quite a tight script that will keep the fans excited to unfold all the different chapters. So, the character of April Sexton will not be missed anymore.

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