'Private Practice': Audra McDonald exiting the show
Don't fret, "PP" fans. There's still a strong possibility McDonald will be back as Naomi in a guest-star capacity next season. Who says so? McDonald herself.
In a statement the actress says, "I have spent four amazing years working with the best cast and crew on television. Though I am stepping away from the series as a regular in order to spend more time in New York with my family, I am not closing the door on "Private Practice" or the character, Naomi. I am beyond grateful to Shonda Rhimes, ABC, and the team behind the show."
The show's creator, Rhimes, also released a statement to continue to the love-fest. "We are so appreciative of Audra and her talents and look forward to having her return to "Private Practice" as often as possible," she says. "Audra has been a bicoastal commuter throughout our four seasons on the air, and ultimately, we respect and appreciate her desire to spend more time with her family in New York."