We got word late yesterday that two characters on the beloved Parks and Recreation will be making their way off of the series in the upcoming season. I don’t think it’s coincidental that it is raining today in Brooklyn, NY. Why God chose this borough to express Her anguish over the loss of these two characters, I don’t know — I don’t expect to understand all of Her mysteries — but I do know that rain = God’s tears, and as far as I know there isn’t much else going on in the world that She would be so upset about. Their upcoming exit was recently confirmed in a statement released by Michael Schur:

The news about Rob and Rashida is true — they will be leaving the show after the 13th episode of the upcoming season six. We’ve been working on their storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase.

We absolutely love both Rashida and Rob, and will be sad to see them go. Rashida was one of the very first people we knew we wanted in the cast, and as important as Ann is to Leslie (and vice-versa), she’ll certainly never be far from Pawnee. Rob we initially thought we could only have for six or eight episodes, and we couldn’t be happier that he will have stuck around for 75.

They are wonderful, funny, committed actors, they’ve been a huge part of the Parks and Rec family, and we think we have a great Pawnee send-off in the works for them.

WHHHYYYY? IS IT BECAUSE THEY BOTH HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO AND ALSO IT IS CONVENIENT PLOT-WISE FOR EACH OF THEM TO EXIT, AND ALSO EACH OF THEIR CHARACTERS IS JUST ABOUT TO WEAR OUT HIS OR HER WELCOME, SO ACTUALLY IT SEEMS LIKE A PRETTY GOOD DECISION FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED?! IS THAT IT?! UGGGHHHHH. I will never understand why awful things happen to terrific people. (Awful things = this, terrific people = us.) One thing I do understand, though, is MAKING A GAMEEEE OUT OF ITTTTTTTT! (The game is: How will the show say goodbye to them?) 

  • They are shot into space.
  • Ann has a baby with Chris and the baby is a demon, but they don’t want to give up their baby so they have to live in the woods with it.
  • Ann and Chris move to an island and have a perfect life because you only live once.
  • Ann and Chris were only ever a dog’s dream.
  • Romeo and Juliet scenario.
  • Ummmmmmmmm
  • They leave to open a wacky restaurant.
  • They are each “discovered” by agents and continue to exist in the world of the show by sometimes the characters will watch them on TV in their future projects.
  • Shot into space?

I don’t know! I don’t write for television! You give it a shot!

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  2. They are killed and eaten alive by Leslie Knope.

  3. they LITERALLY run to the moon.

  4. I am not okay with this! Beautiful, beautiful Ann! Noooooooo! (Okay, I’m actually way behind on Parks and Rec and don’t even know what’s going on anymore, but I really like Rashida’s face.)

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  6. They are discovered to be illegal immigrants and are deported to Jamaica, where they decide to wed and spend the rest of their lives together. Chris loves the volleyball and the endless amount of exercise he has time for nowadays and considers “Literally the greatest turn of events.”

  7. April stabs Ann in the neck with her giant hypodermic needle, and frames Chris for the murder.

  8. Burt Macklin ushers them into the witness protection program.

  9. If they could combine all of my favorite TV pregnancy plotlines that would be best. So Ann finds out she’s pregnant, but even though she was in a relationship with Chris she had a one-time dalliance with returning guest star Mark Brendanawicz at a bar mitzvah, so she’s not sure who the father is. It turns out that because of a science marvel, she is pregnant with twins but that they each have a different father and because Mark Brendanawicz was secretly a ghost all along, his baby is the antichrist. When Ann gives birth, Chris’s baby is kidnapped by spies from Eagleton and taken to a hell-dimension, returning as a fully-grown Vincent Kartheiser moments later who murders them both.

  10. They realize they’re too pretty to live in the mid-west.

  11. Jerry accidentally gets them on a sex offender registry.

  12. Ann is bitten by the pet monkey of an incredibly famous but unstable pop music star and must be quarantined. Chris goes along for the ride.

  13. Chris gets elected to Congress and Ann to the Senate, and then there’s a SPIN OFF!!! Wacky hijinks in DC.

  14. They decide it would be better for the baby if they moved to Eagleton. Leslie cuts them off from her life.

  15. They both admit to all and sundry that they didn’t get the whole Lil’ Sebastian thing (like Ben did, but to more people than just the cameraman) and are run out of town.

    • The whole town finds out they killed Lil’ Sebastian and are banned from Pawnee.
      Ann: “First in Friendship,” my butt.
      Chris: That is literally the best jab I’ve ever heard.

  16. I’m kind of sad that they’re writing Ann off because I feel like Rashida Jones is great and they just haven’t really figured out what to do with her character, but I am not very sad about Chris leaving because I feel like, while it is a very funny joke, his character never really moved beyond having one single joke.

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