Eric Dane has confirmed that he is leaving Grey’s Anatomy.
The 39 year old actor has been starring in the ABC medical drama for the last six years, after joining the show as Dr. Mark Sloan. The handsome star was quickly nicknamed McSteamy, due to his rugged good looks and became a fan favourite almost instantly.
However things looked bleak for the plastic surgeon when his soul mate and on off girlfriend Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) died in the season eight finale earlier this year, after she and a number of the other major characters were involved in a plane crash.
“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 TVLine today.
“It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes.”
Mark joined the show as best friend of Derek Shepherd (aka McDreamy), though during his first few episodes their relationship was fraught as he had previously slept with the neurosurgeon’s wife Addison.
When he finally extricated himself from the love triangle Mark became something of a ladies man, siring a child with his co-worker Callie.
However it was clear for the last few season’s that his heart lay with Lexie, who split from her older lover because she wasn’t yet ready to settle down and start a family.
Fear not though Grey’s fans, Mark will be back for a little while during season nine. After suffering a cardiac arrest in the season finale, he was saved by cardiac surgeon Cristina and has reportedly agreed to return for a few episodes in order to give his alter ego a proper send off.
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