‘Grey’s Anatomy’ showrunner Shonda Rhimes has addressed the departure of actress Sara Ramirez from the show, after 10 years of playing Dr. Callie Torres. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rhimes said Ramirez's departure “wasn’t a big, planned thing” and she only found out three days before the news was made public.

Sara RamirezSara Ramirez announced her departure from 'Grey's Anatomy' on Thursday.

“This one was different because it wasn’t a big, planned thing,” Rhimes said. “I had a different plan going, and when Sara came in and said, ‘I really need to take this break,’ I was lucky that we’d shot the end of the season with her going to New York.”

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However there’s no hard feelings between the showrunner and the actress. “I feel really good about the fact that she said that she wanted to take this break… I love the woman and I want everything for her.”

"It all worked out in that sense, but I don’t like to see anybody go,” she added.“I find it fascinating that people are shocked that people are exiting. Most shows go for four seasons… we’re heading into season 13.”

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On Thursday, Ramirez announced her departure from ‘Grey’s’ with a statement reading: “I’m deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey’s Anatomy and ABC, but for now I’m taking some welcome time off.”

“Shonda’s been so incredible to work for, and we will definitely continue our conversations! I send my love to Ellen, the rest of the cast and crew, and I look forward to always being a part of the Shondaland family!”