Julianna Margulies

It's easier for ER to bring people back from the dead than it is to bring people back from Seattle.

Julianna Margulies, half of County General's Doug-Carol tandem, has declined to reprise her role as Nurse Carol Hathaway on the medical drama's fifteenth and final season, The Associated Press reports.

"I feel like I left Carol Hathaway in the best scenario possible," Margulies said. "I can't imagine making it any better than that."

Margulies departed the show in May 2000, turning down a juicy three-year $27 million salary in the process. Her final scene saw Hathaway reunite with on-again, off-again beau and baby daddy Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney) in Seattle.

After leaving in 1999, Clooney made a surprise appearance to send Margulies off, but the jury's still out on whether or not he'll do the same for the series, which will wrap up for good in February. Producers and Anthony Edwards have been trying to coax him back for months.

Edwards returned as the late Dr. Mark Greene in a flashback in last week's episode to shed light on steely Dr. Cate Banfield's (Angela Bassett) past. Former regular doc Noah Wyle is slated to return as well, while Eriq La Salle will direct an episode.

Are you disappointed Margulies won't scrub back in?