Grey's Anatomy losing one of its biggest stars

Grey-s-Anatomy-sandra-ohOne of the original cast members of TV2’s Grey’s Anatomy is to leave the show at the end of the 10th series.

Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go,” an emotional Oh tells THR. “It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. [Cristina] wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go. We have to start the process, story-wise, for the Grey’s writers to think of why she’s going to go.”

Oh, who plays Cristina Yang, will be sorely missed as will her character.

“One of the best days of my life as a writer happened the day Sandra Oh walked in my door to audition and forever changed the course of Grey’s Anatomy with her brilliant, nuanced portrayal of Cristina Yang, series creator/showrunner Rhimes says. “Over the past 10 seasons, I have been made better by Sandra’s trust, faith and friendship, and I can’t quantify how grateful I am for her collaboration on a character we both love so deeply. This year is going to be bittersweet for us — we’re both going to savor every moment of Cristina Yang, and then we’re going to give her the exit she deserves. And when Sandra walks out of my door, Grey’s Anatomy will once again be forever changed.”

Whether or not Oh will be the only departure is yet to be seen.

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee hinted that there could be cast departures coming this season on Grey’s Anatomy during his recent presentation at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, noting that Rhimes was “planning a number of series out[s].” “We would like to see [Grey’s] on the network for many years to come,” he said.

Oh has earned five supporting actress Emmy nominations for the role, which originally was not envisioned to be an Asian-American. She is a four-time Image Award nominee, two-time People’s Choice Award nominee and won the Golden Globe in 2006 for the part. In addition to a nomination for the Grey’s ensemble, Oh also took home the SAG Award for actress in a drama series in 2006.

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