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Eric Dana Will Return To Season 9 of Grey’s Anatomy

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 07/27/2012

Grey's AnatomyGrey’s Anatomy Exclusive: Eric Dane Checks Out!




According to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, Eric Dane has decided to leave the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, but he will return for several episodes in season 9 in order to give the character Mark and his storyline some closure. Here’s an excerpt from the article, which includes statements from Eric Dane and Shonda Rhimes regarding Dane’s decision to leave the show:




“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 tells TVLine exclusively. “It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes.”


In a statement to TVLine, Rhimes called McSteamy “one of the most beloved characters on Grey’s Anatomy.” She added that Dane “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.


“We’re a big family here at Grey’s with a long history together and Eric will always remain an important part of our famil,” Rhimes continued. “I wish him the best and I look forward to watching him as he continues to steam up the big and small screen.”




Dane’s Grey’s doc made quite a memorable entrance at the tail end of the show’s second season — punctuated by his emergence from Addison’s (Kate Walsh) steamy hotel bathroom, clad in nothing but a strategically placed towel. The sequence became one of the season’s biggest watercooler moments and led the hottie plastic surgeon to be dubbed “McSteamy.” It also prompted Rhimes to bring him back the following season as a full-time series regular.


Mark was eventually sprung from the Addison-Derek-Meredith kerfuffle and began an on-again-off-again romance with Lexie — a relationship that ended tragically in last May’s Season 8 finale. Unlike Lexie, Mark will (presumably) survive the crash. According to a Grey’s insider, Dane — whose alter ego suffered a cardiac arrest of sorts in the finale, but was saved by a quick-thinking Cristina — will be back for several episodes in order to ensure he gets a proper farewell.


Dane’s departure, coupled with Leigh’s and Kim Raver’s (Teddy), means Grey’s will enter its ninth season this fall with three fewer series regulars. (The rest of the main cast are expected to stay put for at least two more years.)  To fill the void, the show has hired Friday Night Lights‘ grad Gaius Charles and True Blood‘s Camilla Luddington as new docs.


Grey’s Anatomy‘s ninth season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 27.




My thoughts: I was already feeling really sad about the fact that Chyler Leigh and Kim Raver are both leaving the show since Lexie and Teddy were two of my favorite characters on the show, so I was really hoping that none of my other favorite actors from the cast would be leaving the show at this point in time. Mark has been one of my favorite characters ever since he was first introduced, and I’ve always thought that Eric Dane played the role perfectly. I’ve always hated the character Christina, so I had really been hoping that Sandra Oh would have been one of the actors who decided to leave. I hate that she’s not leaving the show, but Eric Dane, Kim Raver and Chyler Leigh are. I’m just glad that Eric Dane will at least be coming back for a few episodes in order to give the character Mark Sloan some closure.


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