Tim Daly tweets that he's been let go from 'Private Practice'
Tim Daly has been with "Private Practice" from the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff's first days, but though the series has been picked up for a sixth season, Daly won't be there. According to the actor, he's been given his walking papers.
On his Twitter feed on Tuesday, Daly broke the news to fans: "Wonderful fans of PPP. Shonda informed my agent today that Pete wont be returning for season 6. It was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder."
A spokeswoman for ABC said the network does not comment on contracts.
The fifth-season finale of "Private Practice" saw Daly's character avoiding a prison sentence for the actions he took with a patient and reconciling with his wife. But the character's Get Out of Jail Free card apparently didn't carry over to his role in the series as a whole.
"Private Practice" creator Shonda Rhimes hasn't commented publicly yet on Daly's departure, though she wrote an extended goodbye to two cast members of "Grey's Anatomy" who left the show following its eighth-season finale.
Actresses Chyler Leigh and Kim Raver left that series at the end of the season, with Leigh's character, Lexie, killed off and Raver's character, Teddy, leaving the hospital for another job.
Upset that both characters are leaving the show, Rhimes wrote, "I don't like life changing in an instant and turning on a dime."
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Photo: Tim Daly and Kate Walsh in "Private Practice." Credit: Ron Tom / ABC.