“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.”
The actor, who plays Dr. Mark Sloan (aka “McSteamy“) on the drama, did not come to the decision to leave the show lightly, says show creator Rhimes.
“After much consideration and conversations, he and I have decided that this is the right time for his storyline to end,
” she 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.”
This is what TVLine is report, Dane and his wife Rebecca Grayheart have two children together, won’t be completely gone from Grey’s Anatomy when it begins its ninth season on Sept. 27, 2012. Dane‘s character is expected to survive and return for a proper send-off.