May 19, 2016 09:00 PM

Dr. Callie Torres’ shift has ended.

Sara Ramirez, who has starred on Grey’s Anatomy since 2006, confirmed Thursday that she will be exiting the show.

“I’m deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey’s Anatomy & ABC but for now I’m taking some welcome time off. Shonda’s been so incredible to work for, and we will definitely continue our conversations,” Ramirez, 40, said in a statement following Thursday’s season finale. “I send my love to Ellen [Pompeo], the rest of the cast & crew, and I look forward to always being a part of the Shondaland Family!”

Creator Shonda Rhimes praised Ramirez in a statement, saying her “performance inspired me as well as millions of fans.”

Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres in Grey's Anatomy
ABC

“We wish her the best on her well-served time off. I will miss Callie tremendously, but am excited for what the future holds for Sara. She will always have a home at Shondaland,” said Rhimes.

In Thursday’s finale, Ramirez’s character Callie and ex-wife Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) reached a custody agreement over their daughter, Sofia. Arizona agreed to give Callie the oportunity to take their daughter to New York so Callie can be with her girlfriend Penny. The plotline seemed to leave open the possibility of a return for Callie.

The news of Ramirez’s exit follows a tweet the actress sent in April, sparking speculation that she would be leaving.

Grey’s Anatomy returns next season on ABC.

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