Dr. Cuddy is checking out. That’s right. Lisa Edelstein, who portrays Dr. Cuddy on the Fox’s medical drama House, has chosen not to return for the show’s eighth and likely final season. Her current contract expires this month.
In a statement, the actress says, “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.”
Fox and NBC Universal declined to comment.
In an interview last week with BlogCritics.org, exec producer Katie Jacobs said she would “not rest” until Edelstein was on board for an eighth season. “Lisa is such a valuable member [of the cast],” she said. “I challenge any other actress on TV to do what she does seemingly effortlessly. She goes between drama, comedy, intelligence, sex appeal… It’s certainly not my plan or David’s plan or the creative team’s plan to not have Lisa in the show.”
It’s unclear if the finale sets the stage for a possible Cuddy departure, but that seems highly unlikely.