T.R. Knight Issues Statement on Grey's Anatomy Departure

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After months of speculation surrounding the fate of Grey’s Anatomy’s George O’Malley, T.R. Knight, who plays the lovable doctor, is breaking his silence about his departure.

“The decision to leave Grey’s Anatomy was not an easy one for me to make,” T.R. Knight said in a statement today. “I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play this character and will miss my fellow cast and crew very much."

"I continue to wish them the very best, and wholeheartedly thank all of the Grey's Anatomy fans who have supported me and the show with such passion and enthusiasm.”

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T.R. Knight was an integral Grey's Anatomy cast member for five seasons.

Producer Shonda Rhimes simultaneously released her own statement, saying:

“I think I speak for the entire Grey’s Anatomy family when I say we wish T.R. Knight the best in his future endeavors. He is an incredibly talented actor and a person whose strength of character is admired by all of us.”

While T.R. Knight may be happy to depart from the show following a season of sparse screen time for George, co-star James Pickens, Jr., says the actor will be missed.

“He’s a good man, and a great actor,” Pickens, who plays Chief Richard Webber, says. “We have lots of laughs. I’m going to miss his sense of humor.”

The official confirmation comes just hours after word leaked that Knight's co-star and real-life BFF Katherine Heigl will be sticking around next season.

Knight is currently in talks to headline a Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor.

All of us here at Grey's Anatomy Insider would like to say thank you to T.R. Knight for his contributions to our favorite show over five seasons and over a hundred episodes. Best of luck wherever the future takes you, T.R.!

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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yo soy una persoana de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon y lo unico que puedo decir es q te vaya muy bien y que esta serie es mi favorita se los juro ... gracias x todo ...
katt

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Im gonna miss George.. Ive only watched a few episodes but he already made an impression on me. I wish T.R all the best with his upcoming broadway role, but i really do wish that they (he and rhimes) had discussed that maybe a reason for his lack of apprearance in the season was because of the accident he'll have in the finale (maybe the script wasn't thought that far ahead, I don't know) I guess TR just wanted to move on. George rocks and thanks to TR for bringing us McCutie O'Malley.

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I have never gotten the whole Sloane and Lexie" thing! I mean what were the writers thinking of. I know that some people might not agree with this but I could never believe the chemistry between them. I just hope that now with the departure of T.R. Knight (first Burke and now George - hope no one else leaves soon)that Shonda does not couple everyone off as it looks like happening so far to date.

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Thank you T.R. Knight for all you gave us in in the character George. I only have this to say....Don't go, stay, please please please please. George was definately on of my favourites on the show.

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i just cant imagine the show without George.
When i watch the show every time I see george i smile and think how wonderful character and actor he is.
It definetly wont be the same without him.
t.r knight i will miss u a lot!!

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George... lo vamos a extrañar en chile... muy buena su serie... los felicito... un saludo a todos los fans..adios

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I'll Miss You!! I love George and I hate to see him go.

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Odd. T.R. Knight is leaving....what about O'mally? Is his character going to die or be taken up by a new actor? Given O'mally's current state I can't see that being out of the realm of possibility.

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
George is going to die???????
Why???????
omg...........

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He didn't have less airtime than anyone. He was erased. The guest stars, the extras, they had all more. This has been going down for two years now. It's not like he left after a year too (like David Caruso), he left after giving us five wonderful years. I wish the fans would stop being whiners. He gave everything he had the last two years while Shonda tortured him by all reports and gave him crap to do, and yet he had the decency to not say a word against the witch. Blame Shonda, and thank TR for everything he has given us the last 5 years. She took George from us, not him.

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