Sandra Oh Departing Grey’s Anatomy After Season 10 Wraps
Here’s the spoilers on Grey’s Anatomy from The Hollywood Reporter By Lesley Goldberg For August 13th, 2013.
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is losing one of its original and most beloved stars.
Sandra Oh has opted to exit the medical drama from Shonda Rhimes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Oh has played prickly doctor Cristina Yang since the series premiered in 2005 and will exit ABC’s top-rated drama following the completion of its upcoming 10th season. The actress, who was among the stars who signed new two-year deals in May 2012 to return to Grey’s Anatomy through season 10, instead will pursue other opportunities beyond the series.
It’s unclear just how Oh’s exit will be handled on-screen. No additional cast members are expected to be departing at this time, though the two-year contracts for stars Patrick Dempsey (Derek), Pompeo (Meredith), Justin Chambers (Alex), James Pickens Jr. (Webber) and Chandra Wilson (Bailey) are up at the end of season 10. (Dempsey recently told THR that “it’s worth having a discussion” on whether he would continue on at Grey’s Anatomy. “Whether or not we’re in the show, I think the show will continue on,” he said. “I know Shonda would like it to.”)
In the meantime, there’s still the 24 episodes of season 10 for Oh to get through before she focuses on saying a final goodbye to her co-stars and Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
“I’m just going to focus on every single day,” she says, noting she’d likely keep Cristina’s stethoscope and ID badges as keepsakes. “I just can’t think about it right now.”
Grey’s Anatomy returns with episode 10×01 Seal Our Fate on Thursday Sep. 26th, 2013 9/8c on ABC.
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