Richard Flood confirms exit as Dr. Cormac Hayes in Grey’s Anatomy

Thursday night’s new episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy marked the end of the road for series regular Richard Flood, who confirmed that his character, Dr. Cormac Hayes, is leaving the show.

Flood, 39, joined Grey’s in the Season 16 mid-season finale in December 2019, and he remained as a recurring character for the rest of that season.

He was promoted to series regular in season 17, though he revealed to Deadline on Thursday that he was happy with the outing, even though it wasn’t exactly his idea.

End of the road: Thursday night’s new episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy marked the end of the road for series regular Richard Flood, who confirmed his character Dr. Cormac Hayes is leaving the show

Flood’s Dr. Cormac Hayes was immediately teased as a potential love interest for Ellen Pompeo’s Dr. Meredith Grey, though that didn’t quite materialize.

When he was promoted to a season 17 series regular, the love affair with Meredith was eventually shelved as the show focused on COVID-19.

There was something of a brief love triangle between Cormac, Meredith, and Nick (Scott Speedman), and speculation over the summer that he wouldn’t return for Season 18, though he did return, to date. in the ninth episode of this season on Thursday.

Cormac: Flood's Dr. Cormac Hayes was immediately teased as a potential love interest for Ellen Pompeo's Dr. Meredith Grey, although that didn't really materialize

Cormac: Flood’s Dr. Cormac Hayes was immediately teased as a potential love interest for Ellen Pompeo’s Dr. Meredith Grey, although that didn’t really materialize

“Richard Flood is a tremendous talent. We are grateful for his nuanced and poignant character work as Cormac Hayes. Like Hayes in Gray Sloan, he will be missed,” said Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff.

Flood revealed in his interview with Deadline that “They found the way out,” where Cormac eventually quit to protect Owen’s (Kevin McKidd) secret that he’s been helping terminally ill veterans who want to end their lives. days.

“They found the exit. I only knew closer to the time we were filming how it would actually go, but there had been some conversations during the summer as to how the season would go, and then during the season there were more conversations about what could be good [for the show] and what might be good for me, says Flood.

Talent: 'Richard Flood is a tremendous talent.  We are grateful for his nuanced and poignant character work as Cormac Hayes.  Like Hayes to Gray Sloan, he will be missed,' said Grey's Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff.

Talent: ‘Richard Flood is a tremendous talent. We are grateful for his nuanced and poignant character work as Cormac Hayes. Like Hayes to Gray Sloan, he will be missed,’ said Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff.

“Having three years on the show felt good to me, and I think the character arc with all the story developments was probably coming to a natural end, which was great.” I was very happy that everyone felt the same way, and they succeeded,” he added.

When asked if he had “mixed emotions” about leaving such a successful show, Flood insisted, “Honestly, I was very happy. I felt it was the right time.

“I’m always looking forward to seeing what else is out there and trying to stretch in different directions and do different kinds of TV and movies. Three years was perfect for me, so I was very happy,’ Flood added.

Good moment: When asked if he had any

Good time: When asked if he had “mixed emotions” about leaving such a successful show, Flood insisted, “Honestly, I was very happy. I felt like it was the good moment’

Asked about Hayes’ decision to quit instead of exposing his friend or coming forward as an accomplice, Flood said he faced a “moral dilemma”.

“I think he understands that whether he agrees or disagrees with what Hunt is doing, it’s coming from a good place.” He’s obviously a very moral person, Hayes is, he’s very direct and honest and straight forward, so he couldn’t stay in a situation where he felt dishonest, and his only option is to leave. mentioned.

Prior to Grey’s, Flood had roles in Shameless, Red Rock and Crossing Lines.

Ruling: Asked about Hayes' decision to quit instead of exposing his friend or coming forward as an accomplice, Flood said he faced a

Decision: Asked about Hayes’ decision to quit instead of exposing his friend or coming forward as an accomplice, Flood said he faced a ‘moral dilemma’.

Previous Roles: Prior to Grey's, Flood had roles in Shameless, Red Rock and Crossing Lines

Previous Roles: Prior to Grey’s, Flood had roles in Shameless, Red Rock and Crossing Lines

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