Grey's Anatomy’s Kelly McCreary Announces She's Scrubbing Out After 9 Seasons

Kelly McCreary, who has played Maggie Pierce on Grey's Anatomy for the past nine seasons, has announced her exit from the medical drama. Find out how she said goodbye.

By Daniel Trainor Mar 17, 2023 10:24 PMTags
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Grey Sloan Memorial is down another big doctor.

Following Ellen Pompeo's exit from Grey's Anatomy last month, another longtime cast member is scrubbing out. Kelly McCreary, who has played Maggie Pierce on the series for nine seasons, announced her departure from the ABC medical drama on March 17.

"After nine seasons, I am saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Grey Sloan family," the actress said in a statement to E!. "It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such a legendary television institution as Grey's Anatomy. I will always be grateful to Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, and ABC for the opportunity, and to the incredible fans for their passionate support."

The daughter of Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) and Meredith's (Pompeo) mother Ellis Grey (Kate Burton), Maggie held the title of head of cardiothoracic surgery at Grey Sloan throughout her run on the show. 

"To spend nine years exploring a character inside and out, while reaching a global audience with impactful stories, is a rare gift," the 41-year-old continued. "It has afforded me an opportunity to collaborate with, learn from, and be inspired by countless brilliant artists both in front of and behind the camera." 

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Kelly concluded, "Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the true joys of my life and I leave with profound gratitude for every step of this journey. I am excited for this next chapter, and what the future holds."

The actress paid tribute to her time on the show on Instagram March 17, writing a tongue-in-cheek post about everything her character has been through. She referenced, in part, "dozens of delightful sister house scenes," 'a few ghostly visitations from mothers," "a bunch of drunken emotional breakdowns" and "several awkward dinner parties."

In addition to Ellen and Kelly's exits, Grey's Anatomy is going through a bit of a turnover behind-the-scenes, as longtime Grey's showrunner and executive producer Krista Vernoff also announced plans to step down at the end of the show's current 19th season.

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Kelly's final episode as a series regular will air April 13, but she is expected to make guest appearance later this season.

Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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