“I would like to thank Patrick and Meghan for their extraordinary contributions over the last seven years. Not only have they been outstanding in their roles as Mike and Rachel, they are also superb human beings who will always be beloved members of the Suits family, and we wish them well in their days to come,” said Korsh in a statement. “Speaking of days to come, I am incredibly excited to welcome back our phenomenal crew and cast — Gabriel, Sarah, Rick and Dulé — who will continue the roller coaster ride with all of our amazing fans. Season 8 will have everything from shifting alliances and internal power plays, to secrets, betrayals and fiery relationships. Keep an eye out for an adversarial new character that will give Harvey a run for his money.”
Patrick revealed he had been considering leaving the hit show for some time, and believed Meghan's upcoming departure provided the perfect opportunity for the on-screen couple to end their story.
“There was this natural sense that we both knew that the time had come for both of us,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It went unspoken and we just enjoyed the hell out of the last few episodes that we got to shoot. We both knew that we wouldn’t be coming back. It made every one of our scenes that much more special. We had a great time.”
"It just so happens that the timing of how I was feeling [about leaving] and what was going on in Meghan’s life created an opportunity where there was no need to force some conflict or tear Mike and Rachel apart."