Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Chelsea Peretti on final Gina Linetti episode: 'You will laugh and cry'


Brooklyn Nine-Nine may have been rescued by NBC after Fox cancelled it, but it is still the end of the line for Gina Linetti, who will be leaving the show at some point during season 6.

Chelsea Peretti, who plays Gina, announced her departure on Twitter in October, saying: “I want to thank you for the hours you spent watching Gina be Gina: confident, idiotic-but-smart, pithy, and infused with rhythm and cell-phone radiation. It is hard for me to know exactly what to say.”

This week, she discussed how her character’s exit will go down.

“It sounds cliché but I feel like you will laugh and cry, which I think is the ideal combination of an exit for Gina Linetti,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s very physical. There’s a lot of very silly things that she gets to do in these episodes. But then there’s also some really emotional, connecting scenes with her family and her friends.”

“I just love physical [comedy] ... That was kind of my request and I got to do that, so that was cool,” she added of her final episodes. “And then there’s some dancing, which felt appropriate — kind of bring it all together in the end. She’s a brilliant dancer.

“But also, I always feel like it’s important to show the friendships and the love as well, so she gets to explore her deeper feelings with people, so it’s not just all like, ‘Bye!’”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor said he was “sad” to see Peretti depart but “excited and happy for her – to think of all the Chelsea comedy that she would be doing and that I would be getting to see.”

He teased: “We have plans to bring her back in a future episode after she leaves — and I would image in as long as Brooklyn Nine-Nine continues, Gina would be popping in and out of it.”