*TVLine.com is reporting that Audra McDonald is leaving ABC’s “Private Practice” at the end of Season 4 so she can be closer to her New York-based family.
“I have spent four amazing years working with the best cast and crew on television at Private Practice,” she told the website. “Though I am stepping away from the series as a regular in order to spend more time in New York with my family, I am not closing the door on ‘Private Practice’ or the character, Naomi. I am beyond grateful to Shonda Rhimes, ABC, and the team behind the show.”
The actress, who has commuted between New York and Los Angeles over the past four years, may still appear on the ABC series as a guest star, according to TVLine.
The Tony-winning actress is the second series regular to leave the ABC medical drama following the death of Chris Lowell’s character, Dell, in the Season 3 finale.
“Private Practice” airs Thursdays at 10/9c.