May 17th, 2011
04:46 PM ET
Fans of the relationship between Dr. Gregory House and Lisa Cuddy on Fox's popular series "House" will be in mourning today.
Lisa Edelstein, a.k.a. "Cuddy," announced on Tuesday that she will not be returning for the show's eighth season.
The actress released a statement (confirmed by the show's producer Greg Yaitanes) to Deadline saying, "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."
The site mentions that she was one of the three actors whose contract ended at the end of this season, and she decided not to renew (Fox renewed the series just last week after months of negotiations).
Last season's finale saw House and Cuddy finally getting together, something that many fans have been wanting since the series began in 2004.
Earlier this year, Edelstein talked about the characters' relationship (which has fallen apart in recent episodes due to House's relapse into drug abuse). "I think she is so self-sufficient that it’s really hard for her to find a partner that has the equal amount of power," she said. "A man like House seems like he’s got an equal amount of power because he’s so brilliant, but actually he’s another child, and those two things are really easy to confuse at first glance."
Shortly after putting out the statement, Edelstein tweeted to her fans, "I am reading all your kind thoughts and it feels great to have such support. You are the best!"
It remains to be seen if her exit will be addressed on the show in next Monday's season finale.
Will you continue to watch "House," with our without Cuddy? Or is this the end of the road for you? Share your view below.
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