Justin Chambers has said that he is leaving Grey’s Anatomy 15 years after the first season was produced. Fans of popular hit medical drama, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ were shocked to hear the news that one of their favorite actors on the show was leaving. Justin Chambers who played the role of Dr. Alex Karev is an original cast member of the series and he has over the years stolen the hearts of fans with his compassionate nature and passion for his job.
Speaking on his exit from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, Chambers said in a statement: “There’s no good time to quit a show and character that has very much defined my life in the last 15 years……. For some time now, I have been looking to play other roles in the movie industry and diversify my career choices. And as I clock 50, I believe that now is the time to do what I have always wanted with the support of my wonderful wife and five children.”
Chambers started on Grey’s Anatomy as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. He later rose to resident and eventually a pediatric surgical fellow. Dr. Alex as he was popularly called was a compassionate friend and a skilled pediatrician. As an intern, Dr. Alex was disliked by his colleagues because of his curt and snobbish attitude with patients and co-workers. He later gained the admiration of his colleagues because of his impressive skills in pediatrics. The early seasons of the series focused on Alex’s relationship with his colleagues George O’Malley, Christina Yang, Izzie Stevens, and Meredith Grey. Dr. Alex later got married to Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) but then they got a divorce. He got married again to intern Jo Wilson.
At the end of season 15, Alex was fired from his position as department head of pediatric surgery because of the role he played in Meredith’s insurance fraud. He was later employed as Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Pacific Northwest General Hospital. Justin Chambers last appeared on the series in the November 14 episode in which he left the hospital to cater to his mother who was sick. Chambers in his statement acknowledged ABC/ABC Studios, the creator of the series, Shonda Rhimes as well as the remaining three original cast members on the show.
He said: “As I leave Grey’s Anatomy, I want to express my profound appreciation to the ABC family, Shonda Rimes, who is the creator of the show, Chandra Wilson, Ellen Pompeo, and James Pickens, the three original cast members whom I have worked alongside all these years. I also want to thank the rest of the amazing cast and crew, those here today and those who have moved on and, of course, the fans for a wonderful journey so
Chambers’ presence will surely be missed on the show. Now in its 16th season, the series is the longest-running medical drama on T.V. Season 17 of Grey’s anatomy is currently under production and Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president has hinted that the show may exceed that. Grey’s Anatomy remains ABC’s most-watched series to date.