Eric Dane Not Shocked By Chyler Leigh's Grey's Anatomy Exit

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Will Eric Dane's Mark Sloan become the latest victim of a tragic plane crash when Grey's Anatomy returns in September? Dane recently commented that he isn't sure if Mark will survive the premiere.

While it's hard to see Grey's Anatomy Season 9 beginning with another tragic casualty, Dane shared his thoughts this week about his co-star Chyler Leigh surprisingly being killed off the show in May.

"I wasn't [shocked] because I knew that Chyler wanted to spend some more time with her family," Dane said. "It's a tough schedule to keep up and she's been working on the show for five seasons."

"So I wasn't shocked. Sad and a little surprised but not shocked. We're going to miss her."

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Leigh, the mother of three young children, clearly wanted to spend more time with them. Fans were kept in the dark regarding her departure, but it appears her co-stars were at least somewhat tuned in.

Eric's sentiment echoes that of Chyler Leigh herself, who said in a statement not long after the finale that "Earlier this year, I made the decision that season eight would be my last on Grey's Anatomy."

"I met with [Shonda Rhimes] and we worked together to give Lexie's story appropriate closure. I am very lucky to have worked with this amazing cast and crew for five seasons."

"My experience on Grey's Anatomy is something I will treasure for the rest of my life. I want to take this time to say thank you to the fans. Your unconditional love and support have made these last five years so special."

If Mark dies, it's unclear how many fans the show would have left.

Think he'll make it? Will everyone else? Share your comments!

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That is Shonda's definition of an appropriate story closure? Teasing all of us Slexie fans that we would have the payoff we were hoping for, and then giving us THAT? Supremely disappointed.

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I hope mark dies, I love him. But it'd be a nice thing. Lexi just told him how she felt. And then that all happens. I think it be a good way to end the whole lexi and mark thing. They died. Cause what is he gunna do now?how Idkkk. I just love this show but my favorite person is gone now. So im just waiting for this show to end already.

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Hate to see any of the cast "die" as they could return in a guest spot role sometime. It may be very dramatic, but if too many of the main characters are eliminated permanently because they "died", it will change the show a lot. On the other hand, maybe it will "freshen it up" as there will be new characters and new issues to work with and not the same stories that have been going on for several seasons.

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hi everyone, i realy dont care who survive or not i just need to buy DVD of season 8 so is it out yet?, please let me know. Im a big fan of GA. Thank you

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My opinion is to keep Mark alive because for one thing just because lexie and mark are meant to be together doesn't mean they have to be together right now. I want to see mark open up because what do we even know about mark. I want to learn more about this past.

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I am saddened by Lexie, one of the Greys dying. I am an avid fan of GA and I don't want it to end up the way it happened to ER. After ER Season 6 or 7, it was no longer worth watching considering at that time there was no other series of the same genre. GA can hold its own the other series of the same theme. GA, in fact, even got better and better during their season finale. I even want to watch them again and again that the stories are in my head already. I just hope I don't get disappointed in the coming season 9 & 10. So far, high five to Ms. SR and the writers. The executive producers are always the party poopers and I hope and Ms SR and the writers continue to stand up to the cost cutters. Please, I beg you, don't let any of the characters in the crash die, unless it's want him/her want. Definitely, if anyone from Mer/Der, Yang, Karev and Bailey is cut from the program, it is no longer GA

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Let Mark die. What a waste of screen time anytime he's on it. He's got nothing to live for anyway (he said it). Besides, if he dies then Callie, Arizona, and Sofia can finally have a normal life. They deserve it after putting up with that trash for so long.

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Don't want Mark to peg out,but I could very easily not miss Christina,I know it's not likely that the character will be written out,but could she at least have a personality transplant.Over and over again we hear what SHE wants and what SHE needs and to hell with anybody else.She's all me,me,me!

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Mark might die, too? Why not Shepard, or would that be too large of a casting loss for the 'Grey' in Grey's Anatomy. Don't get me wrong if Eric Dane wants to leave then by all means allow him to move on with his career, personal life, whatever. Having him die would be STUPID. Just like George dying and just like Lexi dying. Both of these people decided to leave the show for their own reasons but dying is rather extreme. Preston Burke didn't die even after the big controversy surrounding why he was outed. Burke and his latest accomplishments still get mentioned on a fairly regular basis. Then there was Izzie. She's dying, no wait she's not, no wait she is, no wait she's gone nuts and just left. Ok so there is a window of possibility that these last two could make a future appearance at Seattle Grace but George and Lexi oh they're dead. Watching season nine already looks sketchy. If someone else dies I'm done.

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Lexie's last words were an echo of Mark telling her they were "meant to be," so perhaps they are meant to be together in death? That would work as a plotline. On the other hand, if Arizona dies, it could be the reason Karev doesn't go to Johns Hopkins-- there is a vacuum in pediatrics. (Or he could stay because she is injured and there is that same vacuum). Either way it works out. Either way, the pilot's a goner. And Owen's gonna have a lot to answer for, not checking his voice mail because it's "not a matter of life an death."

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