The writers of Grey’s Anatomy have already confirmed fans will find out exactly why Dr Alex Karev (played by Justin Chambers) will be leaving Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for good. He hasn’t been featured in the ABC medical drama since November when the doctor said he had to go and take care of his sick mother. However, little did fans know this was going to be his last appearance in the series.
In a statement announcing his exit, Chambers said: “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.
“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.”
However, there are now concerns he won’t be the only beloved cast member to be leaving the show.
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Is Dr Andrew DeLuca leaving Grey’s Anatomy?
In the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Dr DeLuca hiked six miles in the snow to get a liver for a young patient.
But the disastrous combination of freezing conditions and the surgeon not wearing any gloves could potentially mean the end of his career at the hospital as he returned with severe frostbite on both hands.
Speaking to TV guide, director Linda Klein said: “We should be very worried.
“He’s a doctor and a surgeon and that’s [his hands] what they need to continue on with their beautiful life. So we should be very worried.”
The team needs to ensure he quickly recovers from the frostbite in his hands, as if they start to turn black and hard, they might fall off.
Hopefully, with numerous doctors around him, DeLuca will be able to recover fairly quickly.
Frostbite injuries usually taking up to around three months to fully heal if properly treated.
Fans also grew worried for the doctor’s future on the show after talking about suffering a career loss on Instagram last month.
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In a statement on his account, he said: “Today I finally accept defeat, to a long battle I have been in for the last couple weeks in my career. I’m devastated.”
According to TV Guide, Gianniotti said these posts were not about his time on Grey’s Anatomy but did not make it clear what it was referring to so fans are still none the wiser.
Viewers are more keen than ever for DeLuca to stay in the show, especially since he is now in a relationship with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).
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The pair shared their first kiss at a wedding back in season 14 and their romance has continued to blossom since then.
Despite some concerns they might break up in recent weeks, it does seem like the pair are in it for the long haul.
But if DeLuca’s condition worsens due to the frostbite, he could potentially end up leaving the hospital and the show for good.
Grey’s Anatomy season 16 continues every Thursday evening on ABC.
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