*Sara Ramirez has given the deuces to “Grey’s Anatomy.”
After playing Dr. Callie Torres for a decade, the fan favorite and Tony-winning Broadway star announced after Thursday’s season 12 finale that she will not return to the Shonda Rhimes medical drama for season 13.
“I’m deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey’s Anatomy and ABC but for now I’m taking some welcome time off,” Ramirez said in a statement. “Shonda’s been so incredible to work for and we will definitely continue our conversations! I send my love to Ellen [Pompeo], the rest of the cast and crew, and I look forward to always being a part of the Shondaland family!”
Said Rhimes in a statement: “Dr. Callie Torres came into our lives dancing it out in her underwear almost a decade ago and I could not be happier or more proud of her journey. Sara Ramirez’s performance inspired me as well as millions of fans each week. We wish her the best on her well-deserved time off. I will miss Callie tremendously, but am excited for what the future holds for Sara. She will always have a home at Shondaland.”
News of Ramirez’s departure follows a cryptic April 27 tweet from the actress in which appeared to celebrate wrapping season 12 that many perceived to either reference next season or as a way for the actress, whose contract was up this season, to leverage her fanbase to score a more lucrative contract. Now the answer is clear: it was her planned departure from the series. “That’s a wrap for Doctor #CallieTorres #Season13 #GreysAnatomy #ThankYou for an enriching & unforgettable #Rollercoaster ride!” she wrote April 27.
Meanwhile, Grey’s stars Pompeo (Meredith) as well as fellow originals Chandra Wilson (Bailey), James Pickens Jr. (Richard) and Justin Chambers (Alex) in addition to Kevin McKidd (Owen) continue to renegotiate new contracts for season 13. Sources tell THR that they are all expected to return to the series.