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Eric Dane is leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' next season

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As if killing off Chyler Leigh and sending Kim Raver to the East Coast at the end of last season wasn't enough fat-trimming at Grey's Anatomy, it looks like Eric "McSteamy" Dane will be checking out, as well. Don't worry, it's his idea. 

"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.com, noting he wanted to work on other opportunities. "It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes."

Series creator Rhimes noted 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."

The site says Dane's Mark Sloan will gradually be phased out over a few episodes in season nine, which is a whole lot better than getting hit by a bus, going crazy, being ditched for being a real-life bigot or hanging around the show as a ridiculous ghost. Grey's Anatomy fans know what we're saying.

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[Last modified: Friday, July 27, 2012 3:28pm]

    

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