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OTRC: Eric Dane exits 'Grey's Anatomy' after six years

Eric Dane and Patrick Dempsey appear in a 2012 episode of 'Grey's Anatomy.' (ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT)

McSteamy is saying goodbye to Seattle Grace for now.

Eric Dane is reportedly exiting the medical series "Grey's Anatomy" next season after six years on the show as Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan, TV Line reports.

"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," the 39-year-old actor told the television news site. "It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes."

Dane has been a part of the series since its second season. His character will reportedly to survive a plane crash seen in the season finale in May, according to TV Line, but his on-again-off-again girlfriend Lexie Grey did not. Dane will reportedly be back for a number of episodes on the series' ninth season this fall to finish out the character's story arc.

Dane is married to actress Rebecca Gayheart and the couple has two daughters together.

Dane has also had roles in "Burlesque," "Valentine's Day," "Marley & Me" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."

In addition to Dane's exit, it was previously reported that Kim Raver will not return to the series next season either.

Season 9 of "Grey's Anatomy" premieres on September 27.