“After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead,” wrote Edelstein in the statement, according to TV Line.
The show was Edelstein’s first as a regular cast member, and it’s not yet clear which roles await her.
As the website recalls, Edelstein was not sure the show would return for its eighth season as early as March. “Nobody at work seems to think it won’t [return],” the actress said at the time. “Everybody wants to come to a deal, and I certainly am looking forward to a Season 8.”
However, House was given the go-ahead for an eighth season earlier this month. The rest of the show’s main cast, including Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps and Olivia Wilde, is expected to return when new House episodes begin airing this fall.
“The news comes a week before the show’s current season — arguably Edelstein’s meatiest yet — comes to a close,” writes TV Line’s Michael Ausiello in an article posted Tuesday. “It’s unclear if the finale sets the stage for a possible Cuddy departure, but that seems highly unlikely.”
TV Line’s coverage can be read here.