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Kelly McCree to leave 'Grey's Anatomy'

The actress who played Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey half-sister Maggie Pierce is leaving the hit ABC in April series.

Kelly McCreary in Greys Anatomy

Kelly McCree in “Grey’s Anatomy.” Richard Cartwright/Disney General Entertainment Content/Getty Images

Grey’s Anatomy was saying goodbye to another of himself.

Kelly McCreary, who played beloved doctor Maggie Pierce, is Ellen Pompeo half-sister’s Meredith Grey is leaving the hit ABC medical drama after nine seasons. Her farewell episode as a series regular will air in April 11.

“After nine seasons, I’m saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Gray Sloan family. To be able to be like Grey’s Anatomy I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of such a legendary television establishment,” McCreary said in a said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I will be forever grateful to Shonda Lai James ,

Chris Tavernoff and ABC for the opportunity and thanks to the incredible fans for their passionate support.”

She continues, “It’s a rare gift to spend nine years exploring a character from the inside out while engaging a global audience with a powerful story. Fantastic artists to collaborate, learn from, and be inspired by. Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the true joys of my life, and I leave with deep gratitude for every step of this journey. I’m excited for the next chapter Excited about what the future holds.”

The latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy

has been emphasizing Grace Maggie, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Long Memorial Hospital, and her husband Winston (Anthony Hill), a cardiothoracic surgeon, have marital problems. Maggie enters season as the daughter of Meredith’s mother Ellis Gray (Kate Burton) and Chief Richard Webb (James Pickens Jr.). Pierce was promoted to regular season during the season 03.

Kelly McCreary in Greys Anatomy

Kelly McCree And Anthony Hill Grey’s Anatomy .
Image courtesy of Raymond Lau/ABC

News of McCreary’s exit comes at a critical time as The major ABC series recently said goodbye to star and executive producer Pompeo as a series regular and will stand up to Kelly McCreary and Anthony Hill in Grey's Anatomy showrunner Vernoff quit because the series is waiting for a season 13 renew.

Similar to Pompeo’s return in the season finale, McCreary will return for a visit later in the season following her farewell episode.

“Kelly McCreary was a writer’s dream come true; brilliant, nuanced, thoughtful and kind. We will fondly miss her and her well-crafted Dr. Maggie Pierce,” Fernoff told THR . (She remains showrunner and executive producer throughout the season 14.)

Pompeo paid tribute on Instagram, writing: “Congratulations Kelly. Thank you so much for all your hard work and your Valuable contribution to Grey’s legacy. Looking forward Your next chapter.”

Pompeo’s farewell episode entered the season 11 Winter premiere, Meredith leaves Seattle hospital to move to Boston. February23 The episode marks Pompeo’s penultimate appearance this season, with her next on-screen visit in May 11 season finale.

However, Pompeo remained involved with the show as an executive producer. She also continued to narrate the episodes with her signature voice-over, even though she wasn’t on screen.

Although Pompeo is downsizing as he moves to starring and executive producing

Hulu limited series , she has opened up about what she wants to do more Grey’s wish. Show creator Rhimes has long said there will be no Grey’s Anatomy Without Meredith Gray. 1235309927 THR Communications1235309927

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