Actress Sandra Oh, who plays Cristina Yang on the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, has confirmed she is leaving the medical drama after the upcoming tenth season.
“Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go,” Oh told The Hollywood Reporter. “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 theÂ Grey’sÂ writers to think of why she’s going to go.”
Oh told the magazine she began toying with the idea of leaving the show when she and her “original six” cast mates (Patrick Dempsey,Â Ellen Pompeo,Â Justin Chambers,Â James Pickens Jr., andÂ Chandra Wilson) signed their two-year contracts in May 2012.
“I’ve gone through a lot of therapy over this,” she said. “I started thinking about it because I had to prepare myself. I gave myself two years to emotionally let go. At the end of last season, [show creator]Â ShondaÂ [Rhimes] took me aside and said, ‘What are your thoughts?’ I said, ‘I’m ready.’”
Oh has earned five Emmy nominations for her time on the show. To read more of her interview, click HERE.