‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alum Eric Dane to Depart the Long-Running Medical Drama

The times they are a-changin’ and none more so than over at the long-running ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It seems that the time has come for Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan – aka actor Eric Dane – to depart from the show. But, it won’t be because of injuries he sustained in last season’s plane-crash finale. He will survive that tragedy, which claimed the life of his soul mate and fellow doctor Lexie Gray (actress Chyler Leigh).

According to Dane himself, “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. It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes”. Series creator Rhimes shared that Eric “did not come to this decision lightly, but after much consideration and conversations, he and I have decided that this is the right time for his storyline to end’.

Dane made his memorable debut on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ at the end of the show’s second season and was then made a series regular the following season. He isn’t the only series regular to leave as the ninth season of the series is slowly approaching; the aforementioned Leigh has obviously left the show as well as Dr. Teddy Altman (actress Kim Raver). This leaves a void in the series regular line-up that will (somewhat) be filled by newly incoming doctors to be played by actor Gaius Charles (‘Friday Night Lights’) and actress Camilla Luddington (‘True Blood’). Fans shouldn’t worry, though, that they won’t get a proper send-off for Dr. Sloan, as Dane will appear in several episodes of the new season to provide closure.

The ninth season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will be back on ABC starting on Thursday, September 27 at 9/8c. [Source: TV Line]