Bye-bye, Cuddy: Lisa Edelstein is leaving House

May 17, 2011 at 5:07 p.m. ET

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!"

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