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'Blue Bloods' Fans Shocked by Amy Carlson Departure: 'I Loved Playing Linda'

Gina Carbone

"Blue Bloods" fans reacted with shock, confusion, and anger to that major twist in the Season 8 premiere.

Spoilers ahead.

ER nurse Linda Reagan, played by Amy Carlson since Season 1, survived the Season 7 finale fire at her home with husband Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) only to be revealed in the Season 8 premiere as having died in a helicopter crash while transporting a patient.

According to Deadline:

"I hear Carlson had fulfilled her contract, which was up at the end of Season 7, and felt it was time to move on. Still, this was a rather abrupt exit, with her character not getting a proper sendoff, a move that has been met with disapproval by some fans."


Carlson reached out on Instagram to say goodbye to her loyal fans:

Fans were not happy with Linda's departure or how it was handled:

Donnie Wahlberg also reacted to Amy Carlson's departure -- and so did his real-life wife Jenny McCarthy:

"Blue Bloods" will follow the fallout from Linda's death in the next episode, "Ghosts of the Past," airing Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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