Eric Dane to Check Out of Grey's Anatomy

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The halls of Seattle Grace are about to get a whole lot less steamy. McSteamy, that is, as star Eric Dane has announced his intentions to leave Grey's Anatomy.

“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 TV Line in a statement. “It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as [creator] Shonda Rhimes.”

Eric Dane as Mark Sloane

Dane will stick around to finish off his character's storyline - Season 8 concluded with Mark Sloane's long-time love, Lexie, dying in a plane crash - as Rhimes said the actor "did not come to this decision lightly," adding:

"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. I wish him the best and I look forward to watching him as he continues to steam up the big and small screen.”

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 premiere on ABC September 27.

This move should free Dane up with more time to film another naked movie.

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