Paging all Greys Anatomy fans, Dr. Alex Karev will no longer be Chief at Pacific Northwest General Hospital.
Yup, Justin Chambers is officially leaving the hit show after 15 years. Chambers’s character was introduced in the series pilot as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital, eventually rising to resident and then becoming a pediatric surgical fellow.
“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,” Chambers said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”
In his statement, he also acknowledged the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes and the three remaining original cast members whom he has worked alongside since the pilot.