Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez who plays Dr. Callie Torres will be leaving the show after 10 seasons. The contract for the actor expires this month and unlike the rest of the core cast, Ramirez announced the she’s “taking some welcome time off”.
On Thursday, May 19th, the same day the medical drama’s 12th season finale aired, Ramirez released her statement.
“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,” said Ramirez released. “Shonda’s been so incredible to work for, and we will definitely continue our conversations! I send my love to Ellen, the rest of the cast and crew, and I look forward to always being a part of the Shondaland family!”
The shows creator Shonda Rhimes also released a goodbye note: “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.”
Ramirez first hinted that she may not be returning for the show’s 13th season back in April, when tweeted, “That’s a wrap for Doctor #CallieTorres #Season13 #GreysAnatomy #ThankYou for an enriching & unforgettable #Rollercoaster ride!”
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) April 27, 2016
Greys Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., and Kevin McKidd are also renegotiating their contracts.
Dr. Callie Torres’s exit will definitely break some hearts.