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Eric Dane Leaves 'Grey's Anatomy' - McSteamy Says Bye!

Eric Dane Leaves 'Grey's Anatomy' - McSteamy Says Bye!

Eric Dane has announced that he will not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy for the upcoming ninth season.

“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,” the 39-year-old actor told TV Line. “It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes.”

“[McSteamy is] one of the most beloved characters on Grey’s Anatomy. [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,” Shonda said. “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. I wish him the best and I look forward to watching him as he continues to steam up the big and small screen.”

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  • Anita


  • an

    nooooo …. First Lexie and now Mark ? I knew it ! She never wanted them together …

    PS : but in a certain way … thinking of Mark without lexie would be heartbreaking :( …

  • Lilla


  • Anita

    The woman never even bothers changing her statement. She said the exact same thing when announced Lexie was leaving the show. I’m pissed!

  • Elisa

    OMG NO !

    We love you Eric, it will not be the same :(

  • Ioana

    Mark and Lexie were one of the main reasons I watched the show. I was always hoping that they will end up together, especially after her “I love you ” in front of the hospital. I am very disappointed :(

  • Natalia

    He was my favorite character ever.
    No matter what Shonda says anymore, the show dies a little bit every time she kills (or make go away) someone we love.

  • Natalia

    But SERIOUSLY, after what happened to Lexie, I would expect anything from Grey’s. it’s a shame though.

  • JMJ

    Grey’s Anatomy is a fantastic show but it is just way too much of an emotional roller coaster with all the departures of beloved characters. Denny, Burke, Izzie, George, Lexie, Teddy, and now Mark!? I get that some of them were forced upon Shonda by the actors who demanded to leave but others were not. It’s tough to get attached to a character only to see them exit the show.

  • Liz

    Wow… Shonda really wants to kill her show. The only characters I like are Meredith, Derek, Mark (I LOVED the friendship between those two… Heck, Mark made even Lexie be likeable!), and Cristina & Owen.

    Well, since he left the show as well, Shonda could have made Lexie leave with Mark, living happily ever after…

  • Dasha

    He was my favorite :( no reason for me to watch now

  • ddd

    OMGGG NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • willanka

    Damn, I’m kind of sad. Tough I haven’t watched grey’s for the last season because the show lost some magic for me in earlier seasons. And I’ve always was a great fan of Mark and Addison relationship and was sad when it didn’t work out. Then I kind of liked Mark and Lexie together but started getting tired of the on and off thing. So maybe it’s better Eric leaves. Maybe Shonda will see there’s something wrong with her show…

  • mikeA

    right time? LOL she said the same thing about Lexie. Rhimes wanted the two gone because she can NOT write a good story.
    Proper bye? Have him die with his soul mate b-! She thought she can kill people for attention, she is not unhappy she can write another killing/death!

  • GreysFan

    How in the Hell are ya’ll blaming Shonda? How do you know it wasn’t Eric’s decision to leave? That he approached her on his character making an exit?

    I’m soooo sick of black folks being the scapegoat for damn thing. That’s for damn sure.

  • Mara

    LMAO. Good, now I don’t have to feel bad not watching anymore. My heart broke with Lexie’s death and watching Mark mourn would be too much for me. McSlexie forever.

  • Sofia


    McSteamy Forever <3

  • Prezes

    So, judging by the end of last season, she’s gonna kill Mark too ? Awesome, Shonda. You know how to kill a great show. Mark and Lexie were my favorite couple, I was rooting for them, hoping they will eventually come together, but nooo. Shootings, plane crashes, car crashes, ambulance crashes, bombs – just a normal day at Seattle Grace. At least keep him alive, making him move out of Seattle, because living there is too painful for him.

  • Amany024

    what the hell……..?

  • Hailey


  • Valerie

    But why?? D:

  • dramaville


  • jane

    I haven’t watched it since they killed off Denny………

  • http://@iMMaBeBiaN Bianca

    Who’s next? Ellen Pompeo?! :(
    Denny, Burke, O’Malley, Hahn, Teddy, Stevens, Lexie, now Sloan??
    Please don’t kill him, I am dry because of Lexie’s death! haha

  • jane

    That’s just McStupid.

  • June

    Seriously, how am I supposed to survive Slexie lost?

  • Amelia

    I’m still mad they killed off Lexie, and now Mark’s going too? Geez.

  • Jasmine

    he was kind of annoying character. i liked him, but i wasn’t as big a fan of him as some people here. either way, i’m always annoyed at shonda.

  • Rim

    awwwww nooooooo~~~
    why not be returning ninth season???
    maybe Lexie Grey was dead? :P

  • hm

    it’s called drugs people. he was in rehab twice in the past year..

  • Emily

    I think he was in pretty bad shape at the end of the season finale, so I guess he won’t survive the plane crash either. Lexie and Mark both gone….too sad.

  • Sarah Ciarciello

    I loved mark but him without Lexi wouldn’t be fun to watch! Mer and der are now probably going to get a lot of screen time since they will be grieving there brother\sister! I love greys and will always watch it but I am sad:(

  • kim

    so most likely the surgery they did on him failed and he dies… wonderful! seriously most upsetting news ever.

    you should of waited and let us see what happens on the show and say goodbye after we watch the first episode or something.

  • jess


  • drest0pher

    @GreysFan: she’s not eh scapegoat because she’ black, she’s the scapegoat because she’s the creator of the show .

  • A

    He wanted to leave you idiots! She didn’t force him out, he’s a big part of the show she would never tell him to leave, he wanted out now

  • lala

    @GreysFan: are you really implying this has any connection to racism?i am tired of “black folks” using racism whenever something bad happens to them or something does not go their way. it is really just a TV show, so get a clue.

  • hm

    @A: drugs-drugs and more drugs. hes been in and out of rehab all year. this is just a polite way of putting it.

  • alexz

    My favourite couple left my favourite show… I’M OUT

  • wandalismus

    it’s obvious that this will be grey’s last season. And I’m not so sad about it. Shonda should’ve never made all her others shows, she sould have concentrated on grey’s and maybe the show wouldn’t be so bad.

  • GracyBell


  • anon

    This is f*cking ridiculous! So many people have come and left the show and the majority of them hardly got a decent exit! It also makes me think that there’s a reason why most of these actors chose to leave and I’m thinking it’s stupid Shonda. And it’s got nothing to do with racism and everything to do with her being the creator of the show and failing to do it justice. I personally lost interest when George died and Izzie left. The only reason I kept watching was for Mark, Derek, and Lexie. Now that two of them are gone, so am I. It’s time for GA to end.

  • Kendall

    WTF ???!!!! I’m SO sad about that… First Lexie and now Mark ?? They were my favourites… Grey’s is becoming so annoying i’m pissed

  • alexandra

    maybe katherine heigl should return and give alex a good storyline..i am sad for eric`s departure but his storyline had no future without lexie.i just hope shonda doesn`t kill him..

  • xxgossipxx

    shonda??? what’s going on in your mind? first lexie than mark?

    grey’s anatomy doesn’t just consists of derek/meredith!!!!

    so sad :(

  • vicky

    There better be a good reason for this!

  • http://dgspeaks DGSpeaks

    I am so sad to hear this news. I am behind in episodes and have yet to see the last season. I can’t believe that Lexie dies and now there will be no Mc Steamy either. This really sucks, especially since Mc Dreamy is not so much anymore. Sorry but Patrick Dempsy has not aged well. However, we still have Avery. Don’t we?

  • Willa

    The show should have wrapped up this season. Why drag this on? Too many good characters have left and they keep on bringing new characters like it’s a revolving door. I had a feeling that once Lexie died Mark days were numbered. There must be a lot of fighting going behind the scene because too many actors WANT TO LEAVE!

  • Clive

    Wonder where he will be bringing his bad acting next

  • Jennie

    It’s just one more reason, why I hardly ever watch medical drama. NO ONE ever gets the “happily ever after” of their story.
    This, Dane leaving the show, was just a matter of time after Lexie’s death.