Why did Yang leave Grey’s Anatomy?

Sandra Oh as Christina Yang left Grey’s Anatomy during season 10, after her two-year deal to be part of seasons nine and 10 of the medical drama ended.

Christina Yang is arguably still one of the most memorable characters from ABC’s landmark medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy.

Yang was played by seasoned actress, Sandra Oh. Oh portrayed the character of the pedantic and narcissistic aspiring neurosurgeon and best friend to series lead, Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo.

Therefore, it was a surprise to all Greys fans when season 10 concluded with Oh’s indefinite departure.

In 2014, season 10 of the show aired. Ahead of the season, the cast had signed a two-year deal with the network back in 2012 to be part of seasons nine and 10 of the series.

Ahead of the tenth season in 2013, Oh confirmed that the upcoming season would be her last. She later revealed that it was during the signing of the contract where she made the decision to not renew her contract any further.

At the time, despite Oh having asserted her reasons for her departure, speculation on the reasons for her departure was rife.

This is as the series had experienced that it was going to experience further departures like that of Patrick Dempsey in the following season.

In her 2013 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Oh explained, “Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go.”

Adding, “It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. (Cristina) wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go.”

In light of the return of the show for its eighteenth season and the return of beloved characters during season 17, Grey’s teased a similar return of beloved characters with the new season.

When fans expected it to be of Yang, Oh confirmed that she still had no intentions of returning as she was promoting her new show, The Chair.