Eric Dane opens up about his departure from Grey's Anatomy

The actor shared insights during an episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, shedding light on his exit from the medical drama
Eric Dane opens up about his departure from Grey's Anatomy

Eric Dane, known for his role as Dr Mark Sloan in the hit series Grey's Anatomy, recently opened up about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the show after six seasons.

The actor shared insights during an episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, shedding light on his exit from the long-running ABC medical drama, according to Page Six.

Dane candidly admitted, "I didn't leave so much as I think I was let go." He acknowledged that while he was struggling with personal challenges, including drug and alcohol addiction, these issues weren't the sole reason for his departure.

"They didn't let me go because of that, although it definitely didn't help," he clarified. The actor expressed his belief that financial considerations played a significant role in the decision. "I was starting to become very expensive for the network," Dane explained.

"As most actors who have spent significant time on the show, you start to become very expensive." He added that the network likely made the decision based on cost-effectiveness rather than his performance or personal struggles.

Reflecting on his changed circumstances, Dane noted, "I wasn't the same guy they had hired." Despite feeling like he was let go, he expressed gratitude towards Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy, for her support throughout his time on the show. "She protected us fiercely. I love Shonda Rhimes and she protected me," he praised.

Dane recalled that his issues with substance abuse had resurfaced during the 2007 Writers Guild of America Strike, despite being sober for several years before joining Grey's Anatomy.

"If you take the whole eight years I was on Grey's Anatomy, I was messed up longer than I was sober," he shared, highlighting the challenges he faced during his tenure on the show.

Dr. Mark Sloan, Dane's character, met his end following a plane crash featured in the Season 8 finale. Although initially surviving the crash, the character eventually succumbed to injuries at the start of Season 9.

Dane returned for a guest appearance in Season 17 alongside Chyler Leigh, his onscreen love interest Lexie Grey, who also tragically perished in the crash.

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