05/17/2011 02:13 pm ET | Updated Jul 17, 2011

Lisa Edelstein Leaves 'House': Dr. Cuddy Exits Fox Show

Don't bother paging Dr. Cuddy; she won't be answering.

Lisa Edelstein, one of the leads on the longtime hit FOX medical drama "House," will not return for an eighth season of the show, Deadline reports. While co-stars Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps re-signed following the season, negotiations with Edelstein never reached that point for the show's leading lady.

"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 (via TV Line).

Edelstein will leave the show what could be one season shy of its finale; FOX ordered the eighth season last week, and speculation has been that it could be the show's last.

For more, click over to Deadline.

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