‘NCIS: New Orleans’ actress Shalita Grant to leave show (EXCLUSIVE)

Shalita Grant, who plays Sonja Percy on “NCIS: New Orleans,” is leaving the drama, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sources say the departure is amicable and mutually agreed upon between the actress and the producers of the CBS procedural, which is shot in the Crescent City.

Grant recurred as Percy, a former ATF agent recruited to the NCIS unit, in the show’s first season. She was elevated to a series regular for the second, third, and fourth seasons of the program. Grant’s final episode will be the 17th installment of the fourth season, which will air April 3.

“It’s just time for a change,” said her manager, Didi Rea. “This is about moving on to the next great thing.”

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NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 18: 'Hard Knock Life' - Pride second-guesses evidence suggesting homeless kids are the suspects in the murder of a petty officer, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Nov. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, Rob Kerkovich as Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund, Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy, Mikelle Wright-Matos as Lil Man, Vanessa Ferlito as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, and Jowin Batoon as Tita (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 7: 'Dead Man Calling' -- The NCIS team investigates the copycat murder of an unsolved case from 150 years ago that spawned a legendary New Orleans ghost story. Also, Gregorio is spooked when the case is connected to a recent séance and a local medium, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 16: 'Monster' -- After a deadly armed robbery and high-speed chase is connected to an undercover ATF operation, Percy reconnects with her former ATF partner, Jake Roman (L. Steven Taylor), on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Jan. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle and Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 6: 'Ties That Bind' -- A petty officer's murder leads the team to a family-owned night club where Pride's mother used to perform weekly. Also, Lasalle must urgently return home to Alabama after receiving an unexpected call from his family, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Jan. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy and Vanessa Ferlito as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 22: 'The Asset' -- Pride and his team join forces with FBI Director Isler (Derek Webster) after a Russian operative who\'s in the states to provide intel on sleeper agents, disappears after his Navy escort is murdered. Also, Tammy partners with former sleeper agent Eva Azarova (Cassidy Freeman) to locate the missing operative who Eva has known since childhood, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 22: 'The Asset' -- Pride and his team join forces with FBI Director Isler (Derek Webster) after a Russian operative who\'s in the states to provide intel on sleeper agents, disappears after his Navy escort is murdered. Also, Tammy partners with former sleeper agent Eva Azarova (Cassidy Freeman) to locate the missing operative who Eva has known since childhood, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy, Derek Webster as FBI Assistant Director Isler, and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 26: 'Swift Silent Deadly' -- Coverage of the CBS series NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy, Vanessa Ferlito as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 18: 'Overdrive' -- After a Marine corporal who is an amateur racecar driver has a fatal crash on the track, the NCIS team investigates when they suspect foul play, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 13 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 6: 'Music to my Ears' -- After a Petty Officer and member of the prestigious United States Navy Band is murdered in her home, Pride takes temporary custody of the victim's nephew who is the sole witness to the crime, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy and Vanessa Ferlito as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 12: 'One Good Man' -- The NCIS team reviews unorthodox training exercises after a Navy Seal candidate is found murdered weeks before his graduation. Also, a concerned Wade turns to Pride after her adopted son, Danny (Christopher Meyer), announces his plan to enter the Navy, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 1 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 20: 'Sleeping With the Enemy' -- The NCIS team exposes a mole and a catastrophic security breach while partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to find 900 missing pounds of explosives that pose an imminent threat to New Orleans, on the second season finale of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 23: 'Outlaws' -- The NCIS team investigates the murder of a sailor during a rowdy motorcycle rally in the city. Also, Lasalle turns to Gregorio for advice on his personal life, on NCIS: New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 22 (10:00-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Jon Ecker as Ramon Morel and Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 20: 'Sleeping With the Enemy' -- The NCIS team exposes a mole and a catastrophic security breach while partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to find 900 missing pounds of explosives that pose an imminent threat to New Orleans, on the second season finale of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 28: 'Help Wanted' -- A Navy culinary specialist is the target of an explosion while visiting her family's restaurant, a French Quarter staple for over 100 years. Also, Brody is in D.C. tracking a lead in the General leak case, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, May 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Behind the scenes with Chef Leah Chase and Shalita Grant (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 28: 'Help Wanted' -- A Navy culinary specialist is the target of an explosion while visiting her family's restaurant, a French Quarter staple for over 100 years. Also, Brody is in D.C. tracking a lead in the General leak case, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, May 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride and Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 8: 'Second Line' -- The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy Lieutenant during a French Quarter second line funeral procession, a New Orleans tradition that celebrates the recently deceased with a musical street parade, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, April 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy, Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody, Darri Ingolfsson as Karl Baptiste, and Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 2: 'If it Bleeds, it Leads' -- NCIS Special Agent Brody believes that a sailor hit by a party bus in the French Quarter is connected to her sister's death after the NCIS team discovers similarities between the two. Also, the team prepares for St. Patrick's Day festivities in New Orleans, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, March 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy on the CBS series NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 3: 'Blue Christmas' -- A string of Christmas burglaries turns deadly and the evidence leads the NCIS team to Wade's adopted son, Danny. Also, Lasalle and Brody tease Sonja about the high stakes of drawing Pride in the team's Secret Santa holiday exchange on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Dec. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 2: 'Confluence' -- Special Agent Pride and Sonja are ambushed and on the run after traveling to Texas to escort a key witness, Marc Maslow (Jay Thomas), for the trial of an infamous arms dealer that Pride apprehended, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Nov. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - AUGSUT 11: 'I Do' -- The NCIS team must determine why a murdered Navy drone pilot was using a black market drone to obtain military surveillance, and if the footage is linked to his death, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, October 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy and Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 2: 'Insane in the Membrane' --The team's participation in the annual Red Dress Run is cut short when a Petty Officer is found dead in the French Quarter from a drug overdose, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Oct. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: CCH Pounder, Rob Kerkovich, Scott Bakula, and Shalita Grant (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 9: 'Sic Semper Tyrannis' -- Pride and the team plan a dangerous undercover operation when a military convoy is attacked and a missile is stolen, on the second season premiere of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Sept. 22 (9:00-19:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle and Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Photo by Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images)
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A veteran of many Broadway productions and a Juilliard graduate, Grant has also appeared on the PBS Civil War drama “Mercy Street,” “Bones,” and “The Good Wife.” Her character also appeared on “NCIS.”

Sources say the departure of the actress, who is African-American, is completely unrelated to a recent Variety report about the drama’s showrunner, Brad Kern, who is alleged to have made racially insensitive remarks and engaged in sexual harassment. In December, CBS said that it had taken action to “address behavior and management style” after two HR investigations in 2016. Kern remains the showrunner of “NCIS: New Orleans.”

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LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 3: 'Twofer' -- NCIS is called in to investigate when the body of a missing Navy Lieutenant who disappeared a year and a half ago is located by a cemetery grounds crew while they are relocating caskets on the property. Also, Gibbs and McGee must pass a psych evaluation with Doctor Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo) before officially resuming all work responsibilities, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24: 'Pandora's Box, Part I' -- After Abby's homeland security think tank is compromised and she is found in possession of a real bomb, the NCIS team discovers the leader of the group has been murdered and a theoretical terror playbook has been stolen, on the first part of a special two-hour crossover event on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: 'Philly' -- When a missing MI6 Officer is linked to a murdered petty officer, Gibbs sends Quinn and Bishop to Philadelphia to work with MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry). Also, Quinn painfully recounts the NCIS case that made her leave field work, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette, Wilmer Valderrama. (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 11: 'Privileged Information' -- When the NCIS team investigates a marine sergeant's tragic fall from a building, her doctor, Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo), confides in Gibbs and suggests he treat it as a murder investigation. Also, Torres searches for a place to live, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 18: 'Family First' -- NCIS, FBI and MI6 continue an international manhunt for an escaped British spy who is targeting current and former agents, on the 13th season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Robert Wagner as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., Sarah Clarke as FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe and Duane Henry as MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves. Pictured: Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto, Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Emily Wickersham as Eleanor 'Ellie' Bishop, Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer, Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 20: 'Sister City: Part One' -- After the passengers and crew of a private plane traveling from New Orleans to Washington D.C. are lethally poisoned, all evidence points to the missing chef, Abby's brother, Luca (Tyler Ritter). Gibbs and the D.C. team work in conjunction with Pride and the New Orleans team to locate Luca and determine why a private tech company was targeted, on the first part of a special two-hour crossover event on NCIS, Tuesday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 16: 'Decompressed' -- When a deep sea diver is murdered on the job, his body and suspected co-workers must remain in a high-tech decompression chamber for four days, leaving the NCIS team to complete an unorthodox investigation from outside the tank, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: 'Viral' -- When a petty officer's murder matches the M.O. of a local serial killer, the NCIS team must determine if this is the killer's latest victim or the work of a copycat, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette (Photo by Darren Michaels//CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 8: 'Lockdown' -- While visiting a pharmaceutical lab on a murder case, Abby (Pauley Perrette) is trapped with no communication to the outside world after armed men take over the building and hold everyone hostage, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: 'Semper Fortis' -- While the NCIS team investigates the cause of a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of a Petty Officer, Gibbs searches for a way to clear a Navy Hospital Corpsman, who has served two medical tours in Afghanistan, after she's indicted for illegally providing medical aid to the victims of the crash, even though the surviving victims swear by her life-saving techniques, on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 12: 'Homesick' -- After a mysterious illness strikes children from military families, Gibbs and the team investigate the cause. Meanwhile, Abby and Jimmy partner with the Naval Medical Research Center to determine the strain of illness, all in hopes of delivering a cure before the holidays, on NCIS, Tuesday, Dec. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 22: 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' -- An explosion at a D.C. event that results in a casualty connected to the agency changes Parsons-� (Colin Hanks, center) perspective on Gibbs (Mark Harmon, left) and the NCIS team, on the 11th season premiere of NCIS, Tuesday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Pauley Perrette (right). (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 24: 'Damned If You Do' -- The international manhunt for Eli David and Jackie Vance's killer turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and the team, which questions their unconventional methods and threatens their future at the agency, on the 10th season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 5: 'Gone' - As the NCIS team investigates a teenage girl's abduction, Ziva and Abby (Pauley Perrette ) work closely with her young friend who witnessed the kidnapping on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 23: 'Broken Arrow' -- Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team is stunned when Gibbs, enlists the help of DiNozzo's father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr. to solve a case on 'NCIS,' Tuesday, November 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: 'Sins of the Father'-- After Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (Robert Wagner, right) is found in a car with a dead body in the trunk and no memory of the previous night on NCIS, on the CBS Television Network. Pictured in a behind the scenes shot are Pauley Perrette and Robert Wagner. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 17: 'Tell-All' -- NCIS connects a message in blood left by a murdered Navy commander to a manuscript that may contain classified military information, on NCIS, Tuesday, March 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Pauley Perrette. (Photo by Adam Rose/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 12: 'Moonlighting' -- When an NCIS polygraph specialist� night job takes a dangerous turn, McGee (Sean Murray, left) Abby (Pauley Perrette, center) and Agent Susan Grady (guest star Jackie Geary, right) have to uncover the truth, on NCIS, Tuesday Apr. 27 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 5: 'Moonlighting' -- When an NCIS polygraph specialist's night job takes a dangerous turn, Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team have to uncover the truth, on NCIS, Tuesday Apr. 27 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 23: 'Random on Purpose' -- Eric Beal (Barrett Foa) and Abby (Pauley Perrette guest stars) on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, Nov. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.(Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
VALENCIA - SEPTEMBER 16: 'Outlaws and In-Laws' --When Gibbs' boat is found with two dead mercenaries on board, he, along with Abby (Pauley Perrette) and the team are forced to look at an old friend in a new light, on NCIS, Tuesday Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
American actress Pauley Perrette in a scene from the television crime drama series 'NCIS' (also known as 'Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service') entitled 'Mind Games,' Los Angeles, California, 2005. The episode, part of the series third season, was originally broadcast on October 4, 2005. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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