If it wasn't already apparent that we're currently living in the worst timeline, gather 'round for news that is best described using a face-with-Xs-for-the-eyes emoji: Chelsea Peretti is leaving Brooklyn Nine-Nine in Season 6. Fly your sparkly leotards at half-mast and mourn accordingly.
Peretti dropped the bombshell news Wednesday morning with a heartfelt tweet that spoke to the legacy of her already iconic character.
"B99 fans. Hiiiiiiiiiiii. Chelsea Peretti, here. I won't be doing a full season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in Season 6. But that doesn't mean I won't ever be back, winky face emoji, heart emoji. I want to thank you for the hours you spent watching Gina be Gina: confident, idiotic-but-smart, pithy, and infused with rhythm and cell-phone radiation," she wrote.
While the prospect of losing Gina is soul-crushing, there's a silver lining in this dumpster fire news: this won't be the last we see of our favorite emoji-loving, Rihanna-worshipping assistant. Co-creator and showrunner Dan Goor confirmed that Gina will return to the series at some point.
"From the moment Mike Shur and I decided to create this show, we wanted Chelsea Peretti to be a part of it, and she always will be. She has brought so much to her amazing, hilarious, unique portrayal of Gina Linetti, which is not surprising since she is one of the funniest people in history," he tweeted, honoring the fan-favorite character.
He continued: "We have tried really hard to create a storyline for her departure that lives up to a character who can only be described as the 'human embodiment of the 100 emoji.' While it's sad to see a member of the family leave, we are so proud of Chelsea and excited for what she does next. Also, I know for a fact this isn't the last we'll see of Gina Linetti. I mean, she got run over by a frickin' bus, and she only missed like a week of work."
Raise your glass and toast a legend. The Nine-Nine just won't be the same without her.
Catch Gina's final hurrah when Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for Season 6 in the midseason on NBC.
confident, idiotic-but-smart, pithy, and infused with rhythm and cell-phone radiation. ❤️💯It is hard for me to know exactly what to say. Perhaps Emmy Rossum said it best when she wrote about Shameless (I bolded the extra relevant parts in her quote below):— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) October 3, 2018