naomi audra 'Private Practice': Audra McDonald exiting the showIn news that probably won’t completely shock fans of the show, Audra McDonald is leaving ABC’s “Private Practice,” TV Line reports. In what sources are calling an amicable split, McDonald is exiting in order to be closer to her New York-based family.

Don’t fret, “PP” fans. There’s still a strong possibility McDonald will be back as Naomi in a guest-star capacity next season. Who says so? McDonald herself.

In a statement the actress says, “I have spent four amazing years working with the best cast and crew on television. 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 show’s creator, Rhimes, also released a statement to continue to the love-fest. “We are so appreciative of Audra and her talents and look forward to having her return to “Private Practice” as often as possible,” she says. “Audra has been a bicoastal commuter throughout our four seasons on the air, and ultimately, we respect and appreciate her desire to spend more time with her family in New York.”

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