Is the end in sight for Dr. Callie Torres on "Grey's Anatomy?"
Sara Ramirez, who was played Callie since season two on "Grey's Anatomy," posted a message on Twitter this week, which had led to speculation that she could depart the long-running ABC medical drama.
Thanking viewers for an "unforgettable" ride and tweeting "that's a wrap" has many of Ramirez's Twitter followers posting comments of concern, speculating that actress may have announced her upcoming exit via the tweet. However, Ramirez did include the hashtag "Season 13," which could signal her return, as "Grey's Anatomy" has been renewed for a thirteenth season.
Ramirez's contract on the show is up this June. While insiders close to the show confirm to Variety that the actress's deal on future seasons has not been closed, the source cautions that Ramirez's tweet is not necessarily a red flag -- she could simply be celebrating wrapping the current twelve season. In fact, Ramirez has tweeted similar messages when past seasons have come to a close. (And fans reacted the same way, in response to those tweets.)
ABC declined to comment, as the network does not comment on contract negotiations.
Ramirez's exit would seem shocking, as her character is a beloved staple on the show, but Callie leaving could fit into "Grey's" storyline -- her partner Penny (Samantha Sloyan) is eyeing a move to New York and Callie has expressed interest in joining her, along with her daughter with Arizona (Jessica Capshaw).
The departure of major characters is not at all foreign to "Grey's Anatomy," which has seen the exits of numerous series regulars through its decade-plus run. Most recently, star Patrick Dempsey left the show with his character Derek Shepherd killed off in season eleven. Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Eric Dane, Isaiah Washington and T.R. Knight were also written off the Shondaland hit.
Ramirez first appeared in "Grey's Anatomy" season two and was upped to a series regular in the third season.