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Sandra Oh Announces Departure from Grey's Anatomy

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Oh? No.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, original Grey's Anatomy cast member Sandra Oh has announced that she will depart the ABC series following its upcoming 10th season.

"Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go," the actress says "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."

Yang Explains

Oh, a five-time Emmy nominee, signed a two-year deal with the series in May 2012 and Shonda Rhimes recently said that she's prepared for other mainstays (including Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey) to also exit after Season 10, although Oh is the only star so far to make such a decision.

"I've gone through a lot of therapy over this," a tearful Oh said in the interview. "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, Shonda took me aside and said, 'What are your thoughts?' I said, 'I'm ready.'"

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said at this summer's Television Critics Association that he hopes Grey's Anatomy will continue to run for "many years," a sentiment Rhimes has echoed.

So despite the emotional departure of Oh, fans can still look forward to plenty of action at Grey Sloan Memorial well beyond May of next year.

But it simply won't be the same for those who have watched the series since it premiered in 2005.

Grey's Anatomy returns on September 26 with a two-hour premiere. Just how much will you miss Oh as Cristina Yang?!?

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.. this is a counter-intuitive thing to say- ! but I am relieved to hear that Sandra Oh/Cristina will leave at the end of Season 10: I enjoy Cristina and Meredith's characters, most. without them, it's simply not Grey's Anatomy, to me.. and if Cristina leaves, I won't feel I 'have to' watch/keep up! I need a break, too! honestly? the first 4 seasons were SO strong and engaging.. and the series has (inevitably?) become more 'soapy', and diluted as a drama- (especially annoying is the constant musical comment behind every bit of dialogue- comic. relentlessly so. why oh why don't American movies and tv shows understand the beauty of SILENCE.. certainly behind dialogue!) ! rant over. sorry ! not to sound so negative, I have thoroughly enjoyed Ellen Pompeo's and Sandra Oh's (and others..) work! Bravo and thank you for the entertainment !

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Gosh I love her if she leaves kevin should too.their characters co exist I don't want shonda to harm her: in any way a beautiful tribute to her character I hope.if the main characters were developed more insteadof giving us those filler characters sighs.

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I love her. I will miss her badly. I'm sorry, but I won't mind Ellen leaving at all. I agree that Yang's character should have been developed more. She is the reason I could stand to watch the show sometimes. Patrick Dempsey is a great actor, but Ellen bores me to bits and I am a romantic! As for Jackson and April, I cringe if they as much as look at each other. They are good actors, but the love thing between them isn't working for me. They come off as confused teenagers with that. Alex Karev is great-good acting and not dull or annoying. I liked Burke's acting a lot, but feel that him coming back to win Yang's heart won't be fair to her. He wasn't a good boyfriend period! He wouldn't talk to her if they disagreed, denied her surgeries whenever she opposed him. I love him, but do not think he deserved her.

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I would miss Sandra Oh' s character and would like to see her receive better scripts. I would also miss Dempsey, but not Pompeo. Over the years, I have become tired of Callie and her various lovers. They don't really add much to the show.

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To sad, Grey's Anatomy will never be the same without Yang.

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Oh no! Oh... is leaving. Pompeo and Dempsey too. It's sad to see them go. I am used to watching the original cast, should they be going, then i suppose i should be open to new comers and watch how they'd do their own characters. Will they outwit the originals? Hhhmmm, let the show go on with new cast as I am expecting things like this to happen since Season 1 it just took so long and that the transition shouldn't be new casts in a new season. The new cast should be introduced at least in the last 4 to 5 episodes of the prior seasons. Cristina Yang as a doctor is my favorite character but not as a lover, then Alex Karev sentimental aspects. Whatever.

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if oh goes pompeo goes, and then dempsey and then everyone else will too.

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But dr. Yang is the best friend of dr. grey , will dr. Grey have a new best friend?

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I agree with the few others here who have stated the obvious; it's time for Sandra Oh to move on. Her character has seen very little (if any)development since the tail end of season 6. Christina Yang has been a much appreciated addition to the staff of SGMW, but Sandra Oh is more important (try to keep in mind that she is the real human being behind the doctor facade). She deserves better roles with more oomph. With regard to Meredith and Derek...I would be seriously upset to see Meredith go, but if Derek were written off it wouldn't bother me (sorry Dempsey). To those who are saying season 10 should be the last I disagree. There are plenty of good ones left to keep it interesting.

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Burke needs to return for a few eposiods and Yang will decide to be with him wherever he is now.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith
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