According to TV Line, Eric Dane, who plays Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan, has announced he is leaving “Grey’s Anatomy.” The actor confirmed the news in a statement:
“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.”
According to Rhimes, who is the current showrunner, the decision didn’t come easy for either of them:
“After much consideration and conversations, he and I have 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.”
But don’t worry, you angry females out there…Dr. Sloan did not die in the Season 8 finale’s plane crash. In fact, Dane will likely return briefly for Season 9 for a full character farewell.
“Grey’s Anatomy” will return for Season 9 on Sept. 27 on ABC.