Kelly McCreary Announces ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit


| LAST UPDATE 03/19/2023

By Alyssa Williams
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Fans of the iconic medical drama Grey's Anatomy are in for a big shake-up as they head into the 19th season. The exit of star Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey was a significant blow, but now the show is losing one of its other central characters! Kelly McCreary, who portrayed Meredith's half-sister Maggie Pierce, has announced her departure from the series. Although like Pompeo, McCreary has plans of returning to the show later in the season...

McCreary expressed her gratitude for being a part of the show for nine seasons in a statement she released, saying, "It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such a legendary television institution as Grey's Anatomy." She also mentioned how grateful she was to work with Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, and ABC and how much she appreciates the passionate support she's received from fans over the years. Viewers have seen some changes in Pierce's storyline in the latest episode. A relationship that started in a romantic wedding in season 17 is now experiencing trouble, and McCreary's departure could further complicate things. However, we'll have to wait and see how things play out since McCreary will remain on the show for a few more episodes.

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Grey's Anatomy is losing not just McCreary but also showrunner Krista Vernoff after this season. Although the introduction of new characters has excited some fans, many wonder whether another big loss will impact the show's future longevity. "Out with the old, in with the new" seems to be the trend, with many series regulars leaving the show in recent seasons.

Despite these changes, Grey's Anatomy has always been known for its character development, and the show's creators are not afraid to take risks. Whether or not the show will experience any more departures is yet to be seen, but for now, we can enjoy the remaining episodes with Kelly McCreary, and we hope to see her back at Grey Sloan Memorial soon. New episodes of Grey's Anatomy air on ABC on Thursdays. As the show continues with its storied history, it will take a new generation of doctors and new challenges to keep viewers engaged...

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