Kyra Sedgwick, star of the long running TNT crime drama "The Closer," feels that it's the perfect time for her to move on, but adds that the decision to leave the series was not easy.
The 45-year-old actress has graced the small screen as Brenda Leigh Johnson on the crime drama since it debuted in 2005. It was announced in late 2010 that Sedgwick had decided to leave the show, effectively bringing it to an end.
"I feel like I'm more than satisfied," Sedgwick told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith. "I mean, I think critically and also just by our loyal audience, week after week, I think that we really have been a successful show. Creatively, it's certainly been hugely satisfying for me."
"The Closer" has since received seven Emmy nominations, including five for Sedgwick alone. In 2010, the actress took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on the show.
"I would never want to wake up in the morning and not want to go to work, or the audience to feel like I should leave already," Sedgwick told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I think it just really felt like the right time, but I agonized over the decision for about a year."
"The Closer" airs on Monday nights on TNT and is in its seventh season, which is set to end in 2012.
TNT is developing a spin-off show called "Major Crimes," starring actress Mary McDonnell, who plays Sharon Raydor on "The Closer." The cable network has not yet revealed the rest of the cast.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).