‘FBI’ TV Show: Why Did Sela Ward Leave the Series?

Former “FBI” star Sela Ward played the role of Special Agent Dana Mosier. However, she left after one season on Dick Wolf’s hit CBS show. What happened? Why did Seal Ward leave the “FBI” series? Here’s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows.

How Sela Ward became famous

Sela Ward on FBI | Michael Parmelee/CBS via Getty Images
Sela Ward on FBI | Michael Parmelee/CBS via Getty Images

Ward made her acting debut in the 1983 movie, “The Man Who Loved Women.” After that, she landed a recurring role in the television series “Emerald Point N.A.S.” from 1983 to 1984. Her next recurring role was in the TV series “Sisters,” from 1991 to 1996, in which she played the role of Teddy Reed. Ward is also known for her work on the shows “House,” “CSI: NY,” and “Graves.”

Why Sela Ward joined ‘FBI’

Sela Ward as Dana Mosier on FBI | David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images
Sela Ward as Dana Mosier on FBI | David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images

Ward has done procedurals before, and in 2017, she told TV Insider she was done with this type of show. She said “CSI: NY” would be her last one. Why did she decided to do another one and join the “FBI” cast?

In an interview with TV Insider, Ward told the publication she initially chose to do the show because she knows Dick Wolf (the show’s creator) and she wanted to be in New York, where the show is filmed. “I thrive and shine where there are relationship pieces. When I have a role like “CSI” or this, I feel like a racehorse who gets five gallops out of the gate and then gets stuck, [even though] I’m ready to fly around the track. I did this because I’ve known Dick Wolf forever and it would give me a reason to be in New York. I’ve been dying to move back here,” Ward said.

How Sela Ward describes Dana Mosier

What does Ward think of her former “FBI” character, Dana Mosier? Ward says Dana is all about doing the right thing. She tries to make the best decision at all times. “She’s very principled, so she will always do the right thing. She’s absolutely all about the correct way to handle things. As a profiler, she’s had so much experience in terms of behavior — she uses that to make decisions that protect her people,” Ward told TV Insider.

Why Sela Ward left ‘FBI’


Fans were surprised to hear Ward was leaving “FBI” after just one season on the show. However, those working with her likely weren’t too surprised when they heard the news. That’s because Ward had a one-year contract, reports Deadline. Once the season finale aired, the actress posted this heartfelt note on Instagram: “So grateful for my time on @FBICBS. Such a wonderful show with an amazing cast and crew. Much love to all of our fans of the show. Thank you for everything!” What’s unclear is whether the decision not to come back after the first season was Ward’s, or if she simply wasn’t asked to return. We might never know all the gritty details. 

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