This is so devastating! Just a couple weeks after Sara Ramirez hinted at a forthcoming exit from ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ she confirmed the news with an emotional tweet, following the May 19 season finale. See her statement here, during which she says she’s ‘taking some welcome time off.’
First, Cristina (Sandra Oh). Then, Derek (Patrick Dempsey). And now, Callie (Sara Ramirez). Grey’s Anatomy fans just lost a third beloved character from the long-running series in just as many seasons. Sara Ramirez first hinted at an exit with a cryptic tweet just a few weeks ago, and following the May 19 season finale, she confirmed the news. So sad.
“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,” Sara said in a statement on Twitter. “[Series creator] Shonda [Rhimes has] 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!”
Creator Shonda Rhimes also issued her own statement on Twitter, saying, “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.”
Sara joined the show during its second season, and she was one of the few remaining veteran cast members, however, her contract was set to expire in June. During the May 19 season finale, her character moved forward with plans to follow girlfriend Penny to NYC.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you sad Sara Ramirez is leaving the series? Do you feel like they wrapped up Callie’s storyline nicely? Tell us below!