JERRIKA HINTON Leaves Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy Creator Shonda Rhimes 'Sad to See [Spoiler] Leave'

The following story contains spoilers from Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy finale — proceed at your own peril.

Grey’s Anatomy has had its fair share of rocky exits over the past 13 years. But Jerrika Hinton‘s departure falls into a different, far more amicable category.

The actress — who made her final appearance as a series regular in Thursday’s Season 13 finale (read recap here) — asked to be released from her contract after landing a starring role in Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series Here, Now. And series creator Shonda Rhimes approved the request. 

“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 says in a statement. “Jerrika has shared so much of herself with Stephanie and I am incredibly proud of the journey we’ve taken together. While I’m sad to see Stephanie leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, I am excited to see what’s next for Jerrika.”

Ball’s tragicomic new drama follows the Bishops, a multi-racial family made up of a philosophy professor father (Tim Robbins), his lawyer wife (played by Holly Hunter), their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child.

Hinton will play Ashley, one of the adopted children who is now the powerhouse behind an online fashion shopping site. Ashley was was born in America to Somalian refugees, and was adopted by the Bishops when her mother died and her father was deported. Ashley is beginning to struggle with her cultural identity.