New AmsterdamLosing a cast member is a difficult decision.

Freema Agyeman, who has played Dr. Helen Sharpe since the series premiered in 2018, shocked fans on July 20 by announcing she’s leaving the hit NBC medial drama ahead of the fifth and final season.

“Dearest Dam Fam, first off, I’d like to thank you for your endless, passionate, and deliciously ferocious assistance!” Agyeman posted the following on Instagram. “I am very grateful to have made such a connection with you all, as I rolled around in Ms. Helen Sharpe’s skin, and witnessed every emotion that she has in me. Wow, what a rollercoaster ride. It was a great ride!

“She meant so many things to me. But it’s time to put her white coat down. I am officially announcing that I will be leaving for the final season. New Amsterdam. As a long-time fan, while I feel sad for the characters, I also look forward to the conclusion of the story.