The actress will be a series regular again in season 15, ABC announced Monday.
Raver, 49, plays Dr. Teddy Altman, a former military doctor who’s expecting a baby with Kevin McKidd’s Dr. Owen Hunt.
“I am thrilled to reprise the role of Dr. Teddy Altman as a regular,” Raver said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “Returning to Shondaland with the incredibly talented Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo, and the amazing cast is heavenly. I have a special place in my heart for Teddy and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to continue her story.”
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Deadline reported that the decision for Capshaw and Drew’s exits was based strictly on the show’s creative direction. (Star Ellen Pompeo vigorously denied a report connecting their departures to her new $20 million salary.)
“It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters,” Grey’screator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic — both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV. I will be forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life with such vibrant performance and for inspiring women around the globe. They will always be a part of our Shondaland family.”