Grey’s Anatomy will be down a doc when it returns next fall.
Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Jerrika Hinton, who has played Dr. Stephanie Edwards since 2012, will not be back as a series regular in Season 14. The news was foreshadowed earlier this month when the actress landed a starring role in Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.
Hinton was thisclose to exiting Grey’s Anatomy last spring when she was cast in the Shondaland comedy pilot Toast; at the time, she was in discussions to possibly take part in both shows via a reduction in her Grey’s role, but ABC eventually passed on the project and Hinton returned full-time to Grey’s.
It’s not known how Stephanie’s looming absence will be addressed on screen and if it will allow for Hinton to possibly return on a guest-star basis. Also, it’s worth noting that ABC has not formally renewed Grey’s for another season (although, as our 2017 Renewal Scorecard states, a 14th season is a sure thing.)
Source: TV Line