Sandra Oh departs Grey’s Anatomy

What will Meredith do without her Yang?

Sandra Oh has confirmed she will depart Grey’s Anatomy after 10 years in the role.

Oh told The Hollywood Reporter  Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go,”

“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.”   She first began thinking about her future in May 2012 when what she called the “original six” signed new two-year deals to take them through the 10th season.

“I’ve gone through a lot of therapy over this,” she says. “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.’

“For the first time, at least for my character, you actually have an endpoint, which in series television you never or very rarely have.”

Series creator/showrunner Shonda Rhimes says. “Over the past 10 seasons, I have been made better by Sandra’s trust, faith and friendship, and I can’t quantify how grateful I am for her collaboration on a character we both love so deeply. This year is going to be bittersweet for us — we’re both going to savor every moment of Cristina Yang, and then we’re going to give her the exit she deserves. And when Sandra walks out of my door, Grey’s Anatomy will once again be forever changed.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs on Channel 7 in Australia