Grey’s Anatomy is seeing off a third longtime cast member in as many years. Sara Ramirez is leaving Shonda Rhimes’ veteran ABC medical drama starring Ellen Pompeo after 10 seasons, with tonight’s Season 12 finale serving as her farewell episode.
“I’m deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey’s Anatomy & ABC, but for now I’m taking some welcome time off,” Ramirez said in a statement. “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 & crew, and I look forward to always being a part of the Shondaland family! “
Ramirez, who plays Dr. Callie Torres, originally joined Grey’s in the final episodes of Season 2, becoming a series regular at the beginning of the third season. Her departure follows the recent exits of original cast members Sandra Oh in Season 10 and Patrick Dempsey’s shocking ouster in Season 11.