Why Nicole Beharie Left “Sleepy Hollow”

Sleepy Hollow was a highly popular supernatural drama television series that aired on the Fox network from September 16, 2013 to March 31, 2017. The series was loosely based on the 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving with added concepts from “Rip Van Winkle”.  Both stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie quickly became popular with fans of the series, but many were shocked when Beharie left the series at the end of the third season in 2016.  Fans never to terms with the death of her character or why the actress chose to leave the series.

Beharie spoke about her departure of the series while promoting her latest project, Miss Junteeth. She said the following, per the San Diego Tribune:

“What happened on Sleepy Hollow is really interesting. We had a lot of things happen that paralleled the conversations that are happening in this moment. My costar and I were both sick at the same time but I don’t believe that we were treated equally. He was allowed to go back to England for a month [to recover while] I was given episode nine to shoot on my own. So I pushed through it and then by the end of that episode I was in urgent care. And all the doctors, including the doctors that the studio was sending, were all confirming, ‘Hey, she can’t work right now.’”