‘McSteamy’ leaving ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
It looks like a broken heart will be too much to bear for Dr. Mark Sloan (a.k.a. McSteamy) on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Actor Eric Dane, who has been with the series since Season 2, will leave the show sometime during the upcoming ninth season, according to reports from TVLine.com.
"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 told the site.
"It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as (creator) Shonda Rhimes."
Fans still recovering from the intense Season 8 finale will remember that the love of Sloan’s life, Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), died from her injuries when she and some of the other Seattle Grace doctors were involved in a plane crash.
In a statement to TVLine, Rhimes said that “after much consideration and conversations, (Eric) and I decided that this is the right time for his storyline to end.”
"We're a big family here at ‘Grey's’ with a long history together, and Eric will always remain an important part of our family," continued Rhimes. "I wish him the best, and I look forward to watching him as he continues to steam up the big and small screen."
Kim Raver, who played Teddy, will also not be returning but Gaius Charles from “Friday Night Lights” and Camilla Luddington from “True Blood” will be joining the cast as new Seattle Grace doctors.
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