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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Geelightning

I love Grey's Anatomy but the reason why I'm excited for a new episode every week is because of Slexie. Well, goodbye to that.

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I feel sorry for the fans who watch cos Mark & Lexie were their favourite couple. But at least there was resolution that they said 'I love you' to each other. Guess we won't see Mark's girl friend anymore either.
I feel for Der whos is gonna loose a life long friend. It's sad Sophia's gonna loose her dad, and Callie her best friend.
But when I read about Eric leaving, my heart didn't sink, meaning I'll cope without seeing Mark in GA. I'll miss Slexie

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NOOOO; this sucks D;

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I can't believe this... He is my favorite and Greys will not be the same. I love this show but I dont know if I can handle season 9 w/out him ;-(

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With Eric Dane leaving Grey's as well, I really wished Shonda would have opted to give McSteamy and Lexie their much anticipated Happily Ever After rather than kill off Lexie. This is the first time in years that I am not eagerly awaiting the season premiere in September.

Sookie00

I am sad to read this cause it now makes a lot of good actors and nice characters that leave the show : Teddy, Lexie and now Mark…
This is gonna change so many dynamics in the show : no more Cristina/Teddy work relationship, a whole different family dynamic for Arizona-Callie-Sophia. I know they say Mark might not be killed off, but how are they going to justify that he’s not there with his daughter anymore (unless he goes to another hospital, but still… it will be weird to see family moments without him, no ? )
And Lexie’s death is gonna affect all characters I think, particularly Meredith and Mark for the while he’s there.
After all of this, Arizona better stays alive cause I can’t take more changes ! This is the end of Grey as we know it.

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lost interest....lexi was my fav one left.... once the new people came in like april i started losing interest...... this really makes it unwatchable for me.. im done......

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Look, Mark's departure (death in show) means that Arizona stays and survives! And I'm very happy about that! Yeey!!! It's time for Callie and her to be together ALONE!:)

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Its not the shows fault that certain characters leave the show. Eric Dane has other stuff to do and Chyler has a 1 year old and believe she is pregnant again I love watching this show and will continue. I was bummed when Addison left but the show continued to grow and stayed great with amazing writers with great story lines... I'm looking forward to this season to see what happens.

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I am truly done with the show now that Lexie is dead and Mark is probably joining her. There are so many other characters I would have loved to be rid of...why get rid of the two best ones on the show???

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