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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Aries93

As sad as this is, fans would have to be ignorant not to have seen this coming.
I honestly don't know what goes on at Shondaland, but it's not a "family", as she chooses to call it.
I personally feel cheated that Lexie and Mark didn't get their happy ending, especially if Shonda viewed them as "soulmates".
But let's get real for a second: She knew Chyler wanted to go. So why not write Eric Dane off with her? I mean, she clearly doesn't mind hesitating to write anyone off - even without explanation. She wrote Erica Hahn off due to the fact that her and Callie "wouldn't sustain in the long run", so why couldn't Lexie and Mark actually sustain in the long run together?
Apparently Eric Dane is coming back for a few episodes to conclude his character. They do realize that they still could have done this by having Mark explain Lexie's absence and that he's going to join her shortly, but tying up some loose ends in Seattle?