TV Line has confirmed that Jesse L. Martin will be taking a medical leave of absence from The Flash.
According to the outlet, Jesse L. Martin suffered a back injury during the hiatus, which explains why his character, Joe West, has been seated or kneeling against something in nearly all of his scenes for the fifth season of The Flash thus far. Now, a studio representative has confirmed that Jesse L. Martin will be taking a break from the series with the following statement:
“Jesse Martin is taking a medical leave of absence from The Flash. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West.”
It currently unknown when Jesse L. Martin’s temporary departure will be seen on screen or for how long, though the outlet’s sources stated that Joe West’s absence will be explained on the series.
The Flash continues next week with the episode titled “All Doll’d Up” and you can read the official synopsis below!
BARRY AND IRIS TEAM UP TO STOP A DANGEROUS META NAMED RAG DOLL – Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) lets something slip about the future that devastates Iris (Candice Patton). In an attempt to distract his wife, Barry (Grant Gustin) asks Iris to team up to stop a new meta, Rag Doll (guest star Troy James). Meanwhile, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) learns something about her father. Phil Chipera directed the episode written by Thomas Pound & Sterling Gates (#505).
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison “Sherloque” Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man, Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen, and Chris Klein as Cicada.
The Flash airs on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW.