Justin Chambers was a vital part of the success of Grey’s Anatomy for many seasons, but since everything has an end, the story of Alex Karev also had to end, although the reasons and the means have been quite difficult for everyone.
It’s never easy when your favorite character leaves one of your favorite shows. Fans of the long-running ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy, however, they should be quite used to saying goodbye. Many are the characters that have left the medical drama in all these years and although it is completely normal for a long-running series, one is never prepared for what can happen.
Over the years, we’ve said goodbye to original cast members George O’Malley (TR Knight), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and, of course, McDreamy himself, Derek Shepherd ( Patrick Dempsey). So when Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) left Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital, we should have been ready, but the tears still flowed.
For 16 seasons, Justin Chambers played the overly direct and often grumpy Alex Karev. Viewers saw the character go from humble surgical intern to chief of pediatric surgery, as well as a brief stint as the hospital’s chief of surgery. We watched him mature and become the “person” of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) after Yang left.
Like most characters on the show, Karev had a series of relationships with co-workers and even a patient. We thought that she had found her full happiness when she married Jo Wilson as Camilla Luddington. But at the end of season 16, Alex packed up and moved to Kansas to be with Izzie and her two children, leaving Meredith as the last member of her season 1 in-group.
The reason why Justin Chambers left Grey’s Anatomy and few fans know
The fans of Grey’s Anatomy they know that the actors who leave have not always left on the best of terms. Some left after clashing with the show’s creator, shonda rimes, others had highly publicized clashes with their co-stars. But for Justin Chambers, the decision to leave came not from animosity, but from a desire to turn the page.
Speaking about his departure, Justin Chambers explained that the decision was not easybut I thought it was the right one. She told the outlet that being on a show for 15 years, playing a character “that she defined so much of [su] life,” makes it extremely difficult to leave. However, she went on to note that she wanted to explore other roles and other opportunities to “diversify [sus] acting roles and career options.” In the message, the actor made sure to thank the production, the cast, the crew “and of course the fans for an extraordinary journey.”