Lisa Edelstein Leaving ‘House’ After 7th Season

Dr. Lisa Cuddy is making her exit form the hit Fox TV show House. Actress Lisa Edelstein announced on Tuesday that she will not renew her contract for an eighth season on the show.

In a statement Edelstein revealed:

“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.”

According to industry snoops, producers wanted Edelstein to accept a reduction in pay after her seventh season contract expired. Omar Epps and Robert Sean Leonard took the cuts but apparently Edelstein would not.

Edelstein will more than likely only miss one season of the show, actor Hugh Laurie recently said the show will probably end after the eighth season, telling Radio Times Magazine during a May interview:

“The end of that season, right now looks like the end of the show. Well, that’s as far as they’ve got me for.”

You can see Edelstein in her final episode when the seventh season finale of House airs on May 23.