Jerrika Hinton Leaves 'Grey's Anatomy' In Season Finale

After the emotional season 13 finale from Thursday, Rhimes has revealed the reason for which Jerrika Hinton, a series regular, who has been playing Dr. Stephanie Edwards since the veteran medical drama's ninth season is now saying goodbye for good.

Creator Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will executive produce the spinoff, with Stacy McKee serving as showrunner, and the first episode will air as a planted episode of the main show, with THR speculating that it will likely be the season thirteen finale, which features an explosion at the hospital. News of Hinton's departure came around two years ago, when she booked the lead in Shondaland comedy pilot Toast.

The report followed news Hinton will star on "Here, Now", a new HBO drama from "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood" creator Alan Ball.

Hinton told The Hollywood Reporter that 'when Toast didn't go, [she] went away and had a spiritual summer in a lot of ways'. This time, I live my own'. "And I am eternally grateful to her for understanding".

"Actors evolve differently and when an actor like Jerrika comes to me and says she wants to try something new creatively, I like to honor that", Rhimes wrote on Twitter. 'Jerrika has shared so much of herself with Stephanie and I am incredibly proud of the journey we've taken together'.

To stop Keith from taking a young girl, Erin (Big Little Lies' Darby Camp), with him as a hostage of sorts, Edwards douses him in flammable liquid and hides with the girl as the rapist becomes engulfed in flames.

After her heroic moment and saving the day, Edwards decides she wants something more in life than to be a doctor, and walks away.

The drop may be somewhat understandable - any lingering "Grey's Anatomy" viewers would have been gone by the 10PM hour, and television usage drops in the 10PM hour - but it is certainly not a statistic worth celebrating. Go to therapy because burnout is real. It also makes me curious: What does freedom look like for you, dear viewer? In Thursday's finale, we saw Dr. Stephanie Edwards leave the series as a hero.

Vanessa Coleman