Hollywood editor for Vulture Magazine Stacey Wilson Hunt (L) and television producer Shonda Rhimes speak on stage at the 2016 Vulture Festival at Milk Studios on May 22, 2016 in New York City.

Hollywood editor for Vulture Magazine Stacey Wilson Hunt (L) and television producer Shonda Rhimes speak on stage at the 2016 Vulture Festival at Milk Studios on May 22, 2016 in New York City.

*Longtime “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez announced her departure from the ABC medical drama last week, and her boss was nearly as blindsided by the news as the rest of us.

“This one was different because it wasn’t a big planned thing,” said executive producer Shonda Rhimes of Dr. Callie Torres’ exit, a low key affair compared to past cast departures. “I had a different plan going and when Sara came in and said, ‘I really need to take this break,’ I was lucky that we’d shot the end of the season with her going to New York.”

Speaking at the Vulture Festival in New York City on Sunday, May 22, Rhimes, said she found out that Ramirez was leaving “maybe three days” before the announcement.

“I felt really good that we had shot that ending and that she said she wanted to take this break and we were able to give it to her because I love the woman and I want to do everything for her,” Rhimes said. “It all worked out in that sense.”