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 hope this is not the last season for grey's but with Mark Sloan (Eric Dane and Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) leaving I'm not that hopeful. They were both part of the reason I watched the show. They helped make the show what it is and I'm sad to see them leave. I however am not that bummed to see Teddy Altman (Kim Reaver) is leaving. I really was not of her. I would rather see April Kepner (Sarah Drew) leave. I can not stand her character. She needs to do some serious growing up and mellowing out. She is too whiny and she thinks to much. She gets worked up so easily and worries about everything. With her it is always GOd this Jesus that. I am not a christian. I wish since they have a christian on the show that they should bring others from other religions on the show, like Buddhist or wiccan.

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It's the only logical move for McSteamy to leave now that Lexie is gone. For him to go on without Lexie, would be like Meredith going on without Derek, it just wouldn't feel right. I agree that Mark wouldn't leave Sophia, so he will probably succumb to his injuries at some point post rescue. My guess is that they will have you thinking he is 'fine' and then there will be a big to do when he starts tanking the last 15 mins of the show to make you feel like you didn't see it coming, like they did with George. This is probably the last season of Grey's anyway, so IMO, it's sad that Lexie and Derek are gone, but it's not like the show will have much longevity without them.

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I hope his ending will not be the dead. It's not fair. Maybe he'll fly to L.A and joins Addison. Since Addison will leave the show... The walshies would love it.

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Although I'm devastated about Mark leaving, I must say I'm rather intrigued how all the other characters are going to react to it, especially Callie and Derek.

Egrey

I actually teared up when i saw that headling... at least he'll be with lexie but.. I can't believe they'll say that they have been 'replaced' by those 2 other people.. i hope they can fill in the shoes..

Whathappened

Who didn't see this coming from a mile away

Emilielovesmerder

Boo :'( What will we do without McSteamy? In a way, I'm glad though. I won't have to see Mark end up with someone other than Lexie.

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I knew it; lexie's gone and he's not really sofia's father who's gonna replace him.

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that it im done wachting this show i loved mcsteamy hes the reason i wachted this show in the first place

Tiva

that sux I guess going to die he wouldn't leave his child. am done with show