Justin Chambers who plays fan-favorite Dr. Alex Karev in the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has finally decided to leave the show after 15 years.
The 49-year-old actor announced his departure through a statement to Deadline. His statement read, “There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years.”
Further adding, “For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time.”
Chambers also gave a shoutout to the remaining original cast members of the show. He said, “As I move on from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rhimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride.”
Justin Chambers has been part of the Grey’s Anatomy cast since its premiere back in 2005. He last appeared in the 350th episode of the show in season 16, which aired back on November 14.
The model started his journey on Grey’s Anatomy as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. He rose up to become a resident and then worked as a pediatric surgery fellow. Later in the show, he married fellow doctor Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington).
Fans of the show are outraged that Justin Chambers did not receive a proper goodbye despite being on the show for 16 years. Many of them raged on Twitter.
One person wrote, “so… I watched Karev leave the show without knowing he was leaving the show ???”
Another tweeted, “Shonda bet not kill off Alex Karev. Meredith lost way too many people already. I’m still mad that Owen and not Link is Amelia baby daddy and that Bailey and Ben lost their baby now Justin Chambers is leaving so if Alex dies me and Shonda gone have a problem.”
People also blame the shows creator Shonda Rhimes for disrespecting Alex’s character. They wrote, “So shonda rhimes really thinks that justin chambers aka Alex Karev is just going to leave the show, just like that, when he has a whole story line going with running a whole hospital, something doesn’t sound right we the fans are are not buying it Shonda.”
Grey’s Anatomy will return to ABC on January 23.
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