After 6 seasons as Dr. Mark Sloane, the man whose abs made him a sex symbol and gave him the nickname “McSteamy”,
“I am extremely grateful to everyone at Grey‘s, ABC and Shondaland for the experience and memories”; he said in a statement to TV Line. “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.”
Dane follows actresses Chyler Leigh (Lexi Grey) and (Teddy Altman) out the door, but will be back for a few episodes for the upcoming 9th season to give him a proper send-off (his TV beau, Lexi died in a plane crash in the season 8 finale).
“After much consideration and conversations, she and I have decided that this is the right time for his storyline to end,” creator Shonda Rhimes also told TVLine. “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.”
Well, there goes my last reason to watch.