This is literally the worst news to hit Pawnee to date.
Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will be leaving Parks and Recreation in the thirteenth episode (likely airing in February) of the upcoming sixth season, executive producer Michael Schur confirms to ETonline.
"We've been working on their storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase," said Schur. "We absolutely love both Rashida and Rob, and will be sad to see them go. Rashida was one of the very first people we knew we wanted in the cast, and as important as Ann is to Leslie (and vice-versa), she'll certainly never be far from Pawnee. Rob we initially thought we could only have for six or eight episodes, and we couldn't be happier that he will have stuck around for 75.
"They are wonderful, funny, committed actors, they've been a huge part of the Parks and Rec family, and we think we have a great Pawnee send-off in the works for them," Schur continued.
Jones has been with P&R since the pilot, while Lowe joined after his season two guest spot proved incredibly popular with fans.
The hour-long, London-set premiere of Parks and Recreation airs September 26 on NBC.