House Cleaning

Lisa Edelstein has announced she will not return to the hit show House for its eighth and final season.

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein has announced she will not reprise her role as hospital administrator and main love interest Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit show House for the eighth and final season.

"After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead," Edelstein said in a statement.

What? No Cuddy to provide the foil to House's deepening madness? What happened?

As usual, it's all about the Benjamins. Edelstein was asked to take a pay cut -- as were several other cast members -- from her most recent salary of $175,000. The actress chose to walk away rather than devalue her work. Omar Epps was offered a similar deal and chose to take the cut.

Despite it ultimately being her decision, Edelstein seems sad to go. She wrote this morning on Twitter, "Twitter friends, I am reading all your kind thoughts and it feels great to have such support. You are the best!"

Image courtesy Adriana M. Barraza /


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Comments on "Bye-bye, Cuddy: Lisa Edelstein is leaving House"

Lou ann November 28, 2011 | 9:53 PM

I think 175k is way to much to pay anybody for an hour show. What is it a dangerous job? A roll of film might fall and hit them on the head. I say cut all their salaries by 100k and we could feed a whole lot of hungry people and quite possibly some of our countries problems.

Chris November 02, 2011 | 12:42 AM

Edelstein chose to leave the show instead of taking a cut due to greed. In tough economic times one knows there has to be some belt tightening. Obviously this actress does not understand the term. From what I have seen so far of season 8, House is doing great!

Steve851 May 18, 2011 | 4:35 AM

Does the article misplace a decimal point on what Lisa is currently being paid? In the overpaid entertainment industry, Lisa can easily make more than 175k. While unlike many, I believe House has improved over the years, we all begin to suffer viewer fatigue at some point. I'm sure the excellent writers on the series will come up a great story line on this, and in what likely to be the series' last year. Thanks for the great run.

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