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Time for a juicy blind item clue!

TVLine just dropped a tease on an original cast member leaving his or her drama series at the end of this season. The site mentioned its 2019 May Sweeps Scorecard, so the star in question should make it to the end of this current 2018-2019 season.

We already know Andrew Lincoln is leaving "The Walking Dead," but that's 1) not a secret and 2) not a network show. AMC is not one of the Big 5 (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW), and TVLine said this original cast member at a long-running drama on a Big 5 network is leaving his or her series at the end of this year.

They said it's an "extremely amicable" split, so there are no hard feelings. The actor/actress is said to be "a fan favorite by any measure" who is leaving by their own choice.

Also, for what it's worth, they added "...to reveal the identity of the performer with one-and-a-half-feet out the door would risk spoiling the storyline..." Some fans are reading into the one-and-a-half-feet out the door line, as if maybe the current storyline has already hinted to their departure. But TVLine may just have meant the star is still filming but confirmed to be on the way out.

So ... any guesses?

Some fans have guessed a "Grey's Anatomy" star, although it's probably not Ellen Pompeo, since she famously signed a new contract through next year's Season 16. She may indeed leave after Season 16, but Season 15 is the one now airing on ABC, so it's probably not her. Besides, they didn't say the "lead" star, just an original cast member.

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Still, maybe it's Justin Chambers (Alex Karev) or another OG from Season 1 -- like Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey), or James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber)?

Other fans guessed someone from "NCIS," like Mark Harmon (Gibbs) or David McCallum (Ducky). Still other fans guessed someone from "Chicago Fire" or "Hawaii Five-0" or "Criminal Minds" or "Law & Order: SVU."

TVLine often gives bonus clues later on, or says it's not _______. So just make your early predictions now, and see if you're right later on.

From here, guessing it's someone from "Grey's Anatomy." Maybe Webber leaves us?

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