Chicago Med brought on actress Kristen Hager to play the role of Dr. Stevie Hammer during Season 7.
Hammer first showed up in the ED for Season 7, Episode 1, when Chicago Med fans also found out that she knew Dr. Will Halstead from back in their school days.
There was also a tense subplot between Hammer and her mother. It turned out that her mother was dealing with some things and had chosen to live on the street. It was something Hammer was trying very hard to help her with.
As Hammer appeared in more episodes, it seemed like the writers were setting it up for her to have a relationship with Halstead. But that shifted in a big way when it was revealed that she would try to work things out with her husband (who turned out not to be an ex-husband after all).
The reason that the writing shifted was that Kristen Hager decided to leave the Chicago Med cast. It was a mysterious exit, but her recent social media activity points to a pretty good reason.
Kristen Hager shares new pregnancy photo online
Taking to her Instagram account, Kristen Hager posted a new image that shows off her baby belly. The only caption with the image was an emoji sticking its tongue out.
Kristen Hager is married to actor Matt Jones, who was seen as Baxter on the sitcom Mom, Badger on Breaking Bad, and Agent Ned Dorneget on NCIS. Recently, Jones has been playing Douglas on Bob Hearts Abishola.
To view prior episodes of Chicago Med that starred Hager, fans can stream them on Paramount. The door was left open for her to return to the show at a later date, but, for now, the show has moved on with an actress returning to the Chicago Med cast.
More news from One Chicago
The One Chicago hiatus comes to an end with new episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. arriving on Wednesday, May 11. That will be the beginning of three straight weeks with new episodes of each show, including memorable season finales airing on May 25.
For fans who haven’t heard the great news yet, Matthew Casey is coming back for the Chicago Fire season finale. We will see actor Jesse Spencer returning to Firehouse 51 for the night.
Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.