Madam Secretary: Sara Ramirez Not Returning for Final Season!

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Madam Secretary is losing a series regular ahead of its final season. 

TV Line is reporting that Sara Ramirez is stepping down as a series regular, but there's hope that she could return for a guest appearance to wrap up her character's storyline. 

Ramirez has played Kat Sandoval on the political drama since the fourth season. She was drafted in to replace Bebe Neuwirth, who played Nadine Tolliver. 

Kat at a Conference - Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 18

If you watch Madam Secretary online, you know that Kat had left the world of politics behind prior to Elizabeth managing to bring her back into it. 

Ramirez is best known for her role on the ABC medical juggernaut Grey's Anatomy. She departed the series after over a decade in the role in 2016. 

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"I know there’s a lot going on in the world. So much," Ramirez said of her exit via Twitter.

"And for just a quick moment I want to wish everyone at @MadamSecretary a fantastic final Season 6 @CBS ! It was an honor to bring Kat Sandoval into your universe! 😻❤️🏳️‍🌈"

Kat Advocates - Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 17

Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Zeljko Ivanek, Keith Carradine, Sebastian Arcelus, Patina Miller, Geoffrey Arend, Erich Bergen, Kathrine Herzer, Wallis Currie-Wood, and Evan Roe are all slated to retur for Madam Secretary's abbreviated final season. 

“They’re going to do ten episodes in the fall and tie up the storyline," CBS entertainment president, Kelly Kahl previously said of the decision to end the series. 

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"We’re happy and excited to do that for Téa, the cast and the audience."

Kat and the Kids - Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 10

"It’s hard when a show ‘poof goes away.’ We like to be able to do this and send the show off with a great deal of respect and celebration."

"Everyone appreciates when we are able to do that.”

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Madam Secretary Season 6 is taking to the future. The series is leaping two years into the future, according to The Salt Lake Tribune

Kat's Return (Tall) - Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 4

“We are doing about a two-year time jump,” Amy Reisenbach, CBS’ executive vice president of current affairs, told the publication.

“When we come back, Elizabeth will be president. It will be about 100 days into her presidency.”

It will certainly make for a change of pace!

Sara Ramirez On Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary Season 6 is slated to get underway Sunday, October 6, meaning it is staying in the same time slot for its final season. 

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Madam Secretary Quotes

Kat: Ma'am, if I could put a finer point on it: Andrada is a chauvinist who is unlikely to meet with a woman whose last interaction left him with a deviated septum.

Henry: I've got good news and bad news. Um, and I'm gonna tell you the bad news first. So I don't want you to freak out, okay?
Elizabeth: That never helps.