Is Maggie leaving Grey’s Anatomy? (Is Kelly McCreary leaving the series?)


Grey’s Anatomy is losing another doctor this season. Kelly McCreary is leaving the series as Maggie after nine seasons. When is her last episode?

As if losing Meredith wasn’t enough, now we’re losing another one of Ellis Grey’s daughters. Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 is going to be the last for Kelly McCreary, who plays Maggie Pierce, the daughter of Ellis Grey and Richard Webber.

This may not be surprising to some who have seen the most recent episodes. Maggie has faced trouble in her marriage after she found out her husband preferred to change his medical focus to save his marriage instead of following his passion and the specialty Maggie knows he’s best at.

When will Maggie leave Grey’s Anatomy?

Deadline reported the news of McCreary’s exit, sharing that Maggie’s last episode is going to be on Thursday, April 13.

This isn’t the last we’ll see of the character, though. Maggie will return at some point. This is pretty standard with characters who have left on positive terms. We’ve seen Jackson and April return in the past, and we know that Meredith Grey will be back for the finale. We don’t yet have a date for Maggie’s return after her goodbye episode.

We also don’t know if Winston will leave with Maggie. Is it possible that Maggie will decide that her marriage can’t be saved and she heads out to Boston to be with Meredith? Could she get a job offer elsewhere that would mean Maggie and Winston will no longer work together and Winston can remain on his initial career path, saving their marriage?

Why is Kelly McCreary leaving Grey’s Anatomy?

Why are we losing another attending from the hospital? Well, this sounds like McCreary’s decision. She shared:

"“Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the true joys of my life, and I leave with profound gratitude for every step of this journey. I am excited for this next chapter, and what the future holds.”"

The way showrunner Krista Vernoff spoke of the exit, it also sounds like it was McCreary’s decision to leave.

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Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC. Catch up on Hulu.