Madam Secretary: Bebe Neuwirth Confirms Exit

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Madam Secretary presented viewers with quite the shocker on Sunday night: Sec. McCord’s Chief of Staff Nadine Tolliver quit her job at the State Department and moved to live closer to her family. 

A big focus of Madam Secretary Season 4 Episode 3 was Nadine learning that she was going to be a grandmother, and by the end of the hour, she had decided it was time to move away. 

Bebe Neuwirth

The decision to exit came after her son asked her to help his partner with a travel problem brought on by a governmental shutdown. It made Nadine realize she wanted to be close to her family. 

All it took was her son making a comment about her living nearer to the family, and it made her think about things. 

“I know this is not the best time, but I really need to ask you something,” Nadine told Elizabeth after the shutdown.

“Something tells me you’re not coming back from that leave,” said Elizabeth after giving Nadine the green light to take some time off to spend time with her family. 

Bebe Neuwirth Attends Event

“You’re right. I won’t be coming back from that leave. I love public service, but it’s gotten so vicious,” Nadine said with a somber look on her face.

“Somehow, we’ve become our own worst enemy. And I don’t want to spend the rest of my career fighting.”

Naturally, fans questioned whether this was the end of the line for Nadine, and it turns out, they were right. Bebe Neuwirth took to Twitter shortly after the episode aired to confirm her exit. 

Have a look at her tweets below:

Madam Tweets

The main takeaway is that Bebe was the one who asked to leave, so it's not like she was let go from the series.

Considering the character was given a happy ending, there's a chance she could pop back up in the future. 

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Madam Secretary airs Sundays on CBS. 

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Madam Secretary Quotes

The terrorist group Hizb al-Shahid has only been in existence for a short time, but has already perpetrated countless acts of violence across the globe including setting off a dirty bomb in Virginia. My family was at ground zero during the attack and because of that I wondered if I was the right person to stand here today and ask you for your help. Is it too personal? And then I realized, yes, it is personal to me, and to every single one of us. Because the principal at the core of the United Nations is that all people, regardless of race, color, or creed, deserve to live lives of peace, free from the tyranny of sudden violence.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth: It's a classic negotiating tactic. The more I chase after him, the more control he has over the discussion. Secretary Albright actually taught me that one.
Nadine: I believe it was, uh, Wendy Rogers who taught me another classic negotiating tactic. If a guy won't talk to you, send in a close companion to bridge the gap.
Elizabeth: Wendy Rogers?
Nadine: The most popular girl in sixth grade.