Friday, July 27, 2012

Eric Dane Quits Grey's Anatomy


After 8 years on Grey's Anatomy, there will be no more Dr. Mark Sloan on the show. Eric Dane announced he was quitting the show to focus on other projects. I can't believe how long this show has been on the air and how it seems to just go on and on year after year despite there never being much hype about it. It seems like the only time anyone talks about the show is when someone quits or the season finale each year. Other than that it just goes about its business and keeps making the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes a very rich woman. It's not like Mad Men where the whole world just waits for that first episode of the new season and talks about it incessantly. I think Eric thinks he is going to make it big in movies. I don't think so. Yes, he is good looking, but good looks does not always make it in the movies. Television to movies is hard. Rule #1 is to never leave a hit show. Why leave? Make movies during the vacations. Look at Katherine Heigl. What is she doing now? Not much. A few failed movies and now she is hoping to get a hit somehow. T.R. Knight? Yeah. remember him. Think he would like to be pulling in $100K an episode over at Grey's Anatomy right about now?

44 comments:

EmEyeKay said...

It's still on? Really?

dia papaya said...

Making more "special" films with his wife?

Cathy said...

I was hoping there would be some hints here about if he was part of the reason that Chyler Leigh decided to leave. If Enty's blind about an actress leaving a show was about her, I'd rather think that Eric Dane was the one who was causing problems for her than Patrick Dempsey...

AuntJess said...

Is it just me or is Eric lookin a bit rough?

Lisa said...

He's looked really bad over the past season. I'm wondering if he doesn't have a drug problem. Weren't there rumors/truths to that a few years back? In the last few episodes he had very few lines and he looked emaciated in comparison to his Dr. Steamy days...not a good look on him. From what I read, I got more the feeling that he was being let go, not that he quit.

Lauren said...

@AuntJess- it's not just you. He looks terrible. Shame, because he used to be so sexy.

*karen* said...

@Cathy, I know that she was a popular guess, but I don't think that the blind was about her. The actress in the blind had only been on the show a "couple" of years and Chyler Leigh was on for five.

Even if it was about her, I think that Eric Dane spoke positively about her publicly. That would make the blind less likely to be about him since the actor was trying to ruin the girl's career.

shag said...

He has been in rehab. It wouldn't surprise me if he is still struggling.

surfer said...
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surfer said...

George Clooney left ER, a hit show, and look what happened to his career.

Cake said...

They are letting him save meth face by saying he is quitting

__-__=__ said...

ITA Lisa. I think he had become a liability. I also think they tried to get him to clean up. He does look a mess. Hopefully this will be his wake up call.

mikey said...

It never works out well for people when they leave a show. I've never seen Grey's Anatomy....but it's still on tv. Stay and get the paycheck. I think he's been asked to leave.

luckylass said...

Agreed Lisa

*karen* said...

I'm actually still a fan of Grey's Anatomy and as much as I love Eric Dane's character, Dr. Mark Sloan was pretty much done. He biggest thing for his character was the on-again/off-again romance with Lexie. With her death, there's really nothing for his character to do except be a doctor (and father). That would be boring.

gossipmonger1 said...

From what I have heard (from a pretty solid source), he has struggled with his drug issues (believed to be heroin)on and off since going on the show. I wouldn't be surprised if him quiting publically was part of the agreed upon terms for his dismissal.

Judging by his appearance at the end of last season (I like Scandal! It comes on before!) he has relapse written all over him. Not to mention with the hokey plain crash and two characters getting killed off, if he really was going to just quit, they had the ability to write him off at the end of the season.

rejectedcarebear said...

Clooney is obv the exception to the rule. I stopped watching this show when George died, it became too unbelievable during that season and when george passed on, so did I.

luckylass said...

By the way, one of my brothers was in Marley and Me and said that Eric Dane was a nice fella, Alan Arkin was amazingly nice and talented, and Owen Wilson was a flippant ass. He never had scenes was Jen Aniston, though.

Grey said...

How is going to pay for his meth habit now?

Cathy said...

@Grey - the show is syndicated on Lifetime, so surely he gets residuals from that.

jadedlove said...

Wasn't this a blind item somewhere?

EmEyeKay said...

Yeah, who's gonna dig this one up?

Brenda L said...

Yeah but Clooney is kind of god-like with magical powers. ;-)

Barton Fink said...

Man, Cherrye Lynne Ceviche and Eric Dane in one week. I feel like I'm watching "Sex Tapes I Have Loved."

EmEyeKay said...

@Barton - was it you who worked at the Brig?

parissucksliterally said...

I had no idea this show was still on.

noseygal48 said...

I love this show....sad to see Mcsteamy go :-(

Barton Fink said...

EmEyeKay, that'll be five bucks, and show me your ID!

JoElla said...

Okay. We knew at the end of the show that he was still 'iffy' and not out of the woods yet. Shonda also said no one is safe.

So those of us who are fans knew that some others might be gone as well.

Cut to a few days ago, the girl who was the 3rd in their 'home movie' her baby tested postitive for meth

Add onto the fact he looked like totall hell all season long.

Also add that his wife was photo'd a lot without him before she had the baby, and only a few when she had the baby.

I sadly think that he was 'asked' to leave and McSteamy had a massive relaps :( And Shonda's head must be spinning like a top right now because we now know the other major player leaving.

JoElla said...

Somebody save me! I know waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much about this show! LOL

swedishfish said...

It seems that when a TV actor has *already* been in some hit movies his or her movie career is much more likely to take off once they quit the TV show. Clooney had been in a couple of movies -- starred in them, not supported -- that were big. Three Kings was one, the one with J. Lo the other, from what I remember. Shelley Long wtih Cheers - she had been in some movies but they didn't do well. Katherine Heigl surprised me, because she was the star in Knocked Up, which was a big hit, but maybe her reputation for biting the hand that feeds her, along with her comments, came back to haunt.

sum up: have a movie career on the upswing *before* leaving your bread and butter.

luckylass said...

Bored today. Here are 3 past blinds presumably about Eric and Rebecca...

"Smack no kids" - From Lainey 5/09
They’ve been married a while now, he’s still desperately in love with her, and has been patiently waiting to have children…only she hasn’t been healthy enough to get pregnant. Because she loves heroin. Last summer it was a last chance, he took her on extended holiday, cleaned her up, a new positive attitude, kept her busy working on a new project through the fall, away from her regular enablers, and it totally worked out. She was in a good creative space. She was able to fight the temptation.But as an actor, the work ends eventually and if there’s nothing new to do, there’s really nothing else to do. Bored and idle, the old demons have come back. One day last month he came home from a long overnight and couldn’t find her. The dealer called a few hours later telling him to pick her up, she was so out of it even he had to cut her off and she had started harassing his other clients. All the emotional wear and tear, it’s beginning to show on him physically too. But he’s working more than she is and can’t get away for several weeks so he’s hired a babysitter to watch her night and day. Babysitter. She resents him for it of course so the fights are getting worse … and the one benefitting from all of this is a slag bitch colleague who’s been waiting for her chance for a long, long time.

CDAN: TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011

Making a tough situation even worse, this already estranged B+ list couple now have an extra thing splitting them apart. That woman he met in rehab thinks they are a couple. The problem is his wife found out. Things are not looking good on this homefront at all. Probably the most tense relationship in Hollywood right now.

CDAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2012
Four For Friday - Coke Parents
I never thought I would find a celebrity parent who was worse than Coke Mom. This couple is giving Coke Mom a run for her money. He is a B list actor. Good looking. Generally television and very well known. His wife is probably a C list actress who used to be bigger a few years ago but has struggled with drugs for some time. So has our actor. The two of them are probably not your best candidates for parenthood in the first place and the stress of being parents while also trying to save their marriage and stay off drugs has not worked well. The mom is currently taking Adderall to lose weight and when that was not working to get rid of her pregnancy weight she turned to coke too. She wants to get back in movies but is too lazy to exercise so prefers the drug route. Although she has not snorted coke while breastfeeding she did snort coke while holding a bottle for her baby. Close enough? Oh and she dos breastfeed because she heard it will make her lose weight faster. As for dad? When he is not working on his show he is generally partying and drinking. He feels like if he can drink enough at night it keeps him off coke. He went to rehab for crack and tries to stay away from coke. Just booze for him although he is not above doing a little coke when he and his wife have friends over. Yes, while the child(ren) are in the house.

Sadie said...

I think his drug use caught up with him. I'm a die hard Anatomy fan...never missed an episode. It's gone downhill but I've stuck by it. This last season his drug use was obvious as hell. I wish him and his wife and children the best!

O'Really said...

Damn...I've never watched the show but this is just sad all around. Those poor kids. Hopefully Eric and Rebecca wake the fuck up and start being parents before it's too late. My brother missed his only child's entire childhood because he couldn't put down the pipe. She has serious behavioral issues, low self-esteem, drug issues...it's horrific what some parents are willing to sacrifice just to get high.

Opie said...

I don't think he will transition into movies b/c he is loosing his looks and McSteamy-ness to the drugs. A few years too late for that.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

OMG the girl that played Lexi must be SO PISSED! They killed her off so she can't come back, but didn't she quit because he was harassing her?

Eric Dane is NO WHERE near as good looking as he used to be. Hard living takes its toll.

luckylass said...

Here is another Dane Blind from CDAN, but a Kindness
MONDAY, AUGUST 06, 2007

Today's Blind Items--Kindness
So this television actor who makes all the ladies crazy on a very hit show got a new cell a few weeks ago. The new iPhone to be exact. Well it seems our actor had about 10,000 questions for the woman on the phone at the customer service call center who set up his new service. She unfailingly answered them all and kept a smile on her face even when the actor kept taking other calls while talking to her. At one point, the actor needed to go but had more questions so he gave the customer service agent his home number and his wife's number and asked her to please call him in about 30 minutes so they could continue the call. She did and he was even more impressed.

After getting her name and the name of her supervisor, the actor called/not wrote the President of AT&T Wireless to compliment the agent, AND sent her flowers AND sent her strawberries AND sent her strawberries with chocolate all to the call center where she works. As a further bonus he invited her to visit him on the set.

Madras said...

In the 2009 blind from Lainey, one of Eric Dane's colleague was said to be very happy about his marriage problems. In the blind from Enty about the actress leaving her show, one of the lies told about her was that she would hit on married producers and crew members.
I can't help thinking these two blinds are related and I feel really sorry for Chyler Leigh.

EmEyeKay said...

@Barton - was visiting my mom this week. Dug through boxes of photos and found a ton taken at the Brig, the City, Embers, V.C., and Satyricon. Drag queens galore and me, wasted, in almost every one. Oh boy.

lilo723 said...

I stopped watching this show after the first season. I didn't even know it was still on.

Popnursing said...

hmph - I read this and thought you meant when George (Clooney) died, and thought "damn! I don't remember them killing off Doug Ross!".

It amazes me that I participate on this board considering how little I know about TV. :- \

Del Riser said...

I'm with the crowd that thinks they let him announce that he was leaving on his own before they had to can him.
I hope for his sake that he has a residual clause in his contract.

Barton Fink said...

EmEye, Mischa and Poyson and Darcelle and a dozen other impeccable drag queens. I thought it was normal for drag queens to be that intense, but when I moved to other cities I found scary drag (Seattle), bad drag (lots of places) and nothing that could stand up to PDX for that subculture. I wonder if it was the early 90s, too, that made the drag queens so good then.

Henriette said...

I get this one mixed-up with Fergie's husband. They look alike to me.

Never watched the show, but don't think he is the next George Clooney either.