UPDATE: Anupam Kher shared a statement on social media Tuesday addressing his exit from the NBC medical drama:
“This past year has been difficult for so many people around the world, not least for Dr. Kapoor. It was an incredibly special time for me to be part of this show and one I will never forget. The New Amsterdam Family will always hold a special place in my heart. I am grateful to the audience for their love, support and good wishes, particularly for my wife, Kirron, at this time. I hope you all will continue to join me on my journey and future projects.”
PREVIOUS, April 14: New Amsterdam is one doctor short as Anupam Kher, who portrays Dr. Vijay Kapoor, has exited the NBC medical drama, Deadline has confirmed.
News of Kher’s exit follows New Amsterdam‘s Tuesday night episode, in which staffers of New Amsterdam Hospital learned that Dr. Kapoor resigned from his duties. New Amsterdam season 3 kicked off with hospital staffers facing the Covid-19 pandemic head on. As is the case in real life, members of Bellevue Hospital contracted the infectious disease, including Kher’s Dr. Kapoor, who also underwent open-heart surgery.
Kher appeared on David Schulner’s NBC drama as a series regular since the show’s debut in 2018.
The actor’s exit from the show comes just days after he told The Hindustan Times that his wife, actress Kirron Kher, has been diagnosed with a type of blood cancer.
“Kirron has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. She is currently undergoing treatment and we are sure she will come out of this stronger than before,” he told the local publication. “We are very blessed that she is being looked after by a phenomenal set of doctors.”
New Amsterdam is inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer’s memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital and his 15 years as medical director at the hospital.
Schulner and Peter Horton executive produce along with Michael Slovis, David Foster, Aaron Ginsburg and Shaun Cassidy. The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, Pico Creek Productions and Mount Moriah.
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