A medical emergency has hit Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital: Cristina Yang () is leaving Grey's Anatomy! A grey day indeed for ABC, but Sandra Oh has been very positive about her experience with the show, citing only 'creative' reasons for leaving:
It’s been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on 'Grey's Anatomy' and I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her.
Other major cast members may also be looking at jumping ship, with (Meredith Grey) and 's (Derek Shepherd) contracts running out at the end of the forthcoming Season 10. Dempsey has been clear that car racing is his true passion in life, so perhaps the star will take to burning rubber full time following his Season 10 paycheck for Grey's Anatomy.
, the mega-talented creator, executive producer and head writer of Grey's Anatomy is keen to give the awesome Oh high praise and 'the exit she deserves' - read into this what you will, Grey's Anatomy fans. Rhimes enthused:
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.
Sandra Oh, star of Blindness and Under the Tuscan Sun, and collector of Golden Globe and Screen Actors' Guild awards, will be sorely missed by the show. Grey's Anatomy still pulls around 9 million viewers per episode for ABC and remains a staple for the network, but will ratings stumble without Dr Yang?