Sandra Oh to leave Grey's Anatomy
Story by Jack Foley
SANDRA Oh is to leave the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy after 10 years on the show.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the actress, aka prickly doctor Cristina Yang, will depart upon completion of the show’s upcoming 10th season. She has been with the series since it premiered in 2005.
She has decided to pursue other artistic opportunitiess.
Oh told The Hollywood Reporter: “Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go. 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.”
According to the report, Oh informed her co-stars during a table read for the show’s 200th episode but admitted that the decision still “doesn’t feel real”.
It is unclear how Yang will depart and it is not known whether her departure will prompt an exodus of the show’s top six. But series creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes is confident at the moment that Patrick Dempsey (Derek), Pompeo (Meredith), Justin Chambers (Alex), James Pickens Jr. (Webber) and Chandra Wilson (Bailey) will opt to renew their contracts beyond the 10th season.
This was echoed by a statement from ABC that read: “It’s our intention to have Grey‘s on the air for many years to come, with as many of the original cast as possible.”
During her 10 years on the show, Oh has earned five supporting actress Emmy nominations for the role. She is also 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.
Ironically, the part of Yang was originally not envisioned to be an Asian-American.