Eric Dane Confirms Departure From Grey's Anatomy

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Grey's Anatomy will be far less steamy on Season 9.

Eric Dane has confirmed his departure from the series that truly made him famous, announcing to TV Line today that he'll stick around for a few episodes in the fall and then be written out by Shonda Rhimes and company.

“I am extremely grateful to everyone at Grey’s, ABC and Shondaland for the experience and memories I have had over the course of this run,” Dane said. “It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes.”

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Rumors of Dane's departure sprung up last month, with talk going around that his Dr. Mark Sloane might join girlfriend Lexie in the Great Big Waiting Room in the Sky.

It seems unlikely now that Mark will be killed off, but there's no word on how he'll depart.

"We’re a big Eric Dane Leaving Grey's Anatomy family here at Grey’s with a long history together and Eric will always remain an important part of our famil,” Rhimes said of the news. “I wish him the best and I look forward to watching him as he continues to steam up the big and small screen."

Once Dane leaves for good, he'll join Chyler Leigh and Kim Raver as former series regulars.

In their place, Grey's Anatomy has cast Gaius Charles and Camilla Luddington in new roles.

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I SO KNEW IT !!!!! After Lexie's death, I'm sorry, there wasn't much left for Mark... So yeah, not a surprise at all !!!

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My hope is that it is Lexie on the gurney and she never really died. I know this can't happen but its what I wish could happen. That way Mark and Lexie can leave together to get away from Seattle Grace Mercy Death as Christina called it and they can have a life together. I know this won't happen but I watched for the past few seasons while we watched Mark and Lexie almost get together but something was always in their way and then told to have hope. I know when Shondra said that she didn't know Chyler would want to leave but you can't let people have their couples happy ending if half of the couple is dead. And even if they both die it still isn't that great of a happy ending.

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this could affect the rating of serial.... you are omiting one of the most popular caracters ... instead you ould finish with Tedy or ... it seems this serial is going to become like Hendi serials !!!

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wooooohhh!! really like the tandem of 2 lesbians and him!!why??is this he wants or the show wants??cud u tell us why? am very upset with this news!!

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Noooooo... This is so sad... I'm crazy about him... and he's so funny... I really miss him more than Teddy and Lexie

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Dont bring back Jackson's mom she is so annoying.

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Maybe Eric Dane can join the cast of Scandal as a senator.

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I really wish they had given Mark and Lexie a happy ending! I didn't like the direction Lexie was headed. She almost sounded like Kepner in the last few episodes. And Kepner is the most annoying character on the planet! The same actress played a crazy murderess on Castle S1:E2 - Nanny McDead. She plays crazy wonderfully, but anything more than a small dose of her is enough to make me ill! I have missed a lot of GA the past season, simply because she is so annoying. So please, get rid of Kepner and she can take Jackson with her. I wouldn't mind seeing Jackson's mother become a regular. I loved the dynamic between the old chief and her.

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i'm disappointed that mark will no longer be on grey's but am also happy because i couldn't imagine him with someone else. lexie died and i think he should too so they can be together.
i only wish that they didnt make lexie die and just made her and mark get married and move away somewhere. both actors left the show so why couldn't they make them have a happy ending?
i know this is sad but i am really hoping that mark dies. i'm hoping that the two of them can have an "elevator" scene just like george and izzie....

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I think Alex is Sofia's father.