S.W.A.T. Cast Member Exiting the Show after 5 season

An original cast member Lina Esco is leaving the show. On Sunday she confirmed that she will be withdrawing from the series after five seasons. 

Esco has played Christine "Chris" Alonso character who is an openly bisexual member of the S.W.A.T. team, on the show since its foundation.

S.W.A.T. has been placing the groundwork for Chris' departure, revealing that she would be taking over the safe house run by Mama Pina. 

S.W.A.T. series was renewed for a sixth season last month. Esco told “I love the Mama Pina storyline, It resonates with Chris"

"Because this woman provids a safe house to women who have no hope in other countries and who escape for a better life. Chris has become very invested in volunteering”

She posted on Instagram to confirm her departure, expressing "both a pleasure and a powerful opportunity" to portray the character.

Lina said “Bringing to life a strong, smart character has been both a pleasure and a powerful opportunity to increase visibility for diverse women"

She further said "5 years later, I am leaving S.W.A.T. to pursue new creative endeavors. I’m excited to step out of my comfort zone and embark on a new chapter"

Esco shared “I’m forever grateful to my S.W.A.T. family my fellow cast, writers, and producers for an incredible journey. S.W.A.T. fans, you are the heart of the show"