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Lisa Edelstein Will Not Return to 'House' Next Season

May 17, 2011 | 9:43am EDT

House Lisa Edelstein CuddyWell, House fans, it looks like your hopes of Huddy's (Dr. Cuddy and House) love springing eternal is completely shot. Lisa Edelstein will not be returning next season as her contract expires this season and she did not renew.

This is a sad day for fans of the on-again-off-again relationship and money is likely to blame. Due to overall budget cuts, both Edelstein and Omar Epps were asked to accept lower salaries as their contracts expired; Epps accepted and will be back next season. Of course, Robert Sean Leonard's contract was up as well, but he continued at the same rate. I guess the folks at Fox are more concerned with keeping Leonard around than giving into more Huddy drama. But Edelstein didn't leave without so much as a word. She released this statement earlier today:

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.

Source: Deadline

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