Lisa Edelstein decided not to extend her contract for Fox television series House, and will not return for season eight.

Edelstein, who plays Dr. Lisa Cuddy, released a statement saying “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.”

Those hoping for Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) Dr. Cuddy’s relationship might be forced to let go. The show, however, will continue.