After playing the role of Dr. Alex Karev in series “Grey’s Anatomy” for 15 years, actor Justin Chambers decided to move on, and leave the famous medical drama. The last episode in which he appears already aired on Nov 14.
Chambers stated: “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.”
The 49-year-old actor showed appreciation for his colleagues and audience: “As I move on from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank ABC family, Shonda Rhimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride.”
Alex Karev has been the part of the series since its beginning, first as an intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. He initially made an impression of a bad guy and, as a troubled character, was resented by the other interns. Throughout the series, Karev became one of the most significant characters.
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Cheers to 15 years, 332 episodes and making television history‼️Tonight, @greysabc becomes the longest running medical drama????⚕️ of all time. We appreciate all of our viewers, new and old, that have kept us on all of these years. Thank you to @shondarhimes for being a trailblazer, to @abcnetwork for giving us a home, and to all of the incredible castmates, crew members and writers throughout the years. It takes a village.
Interestingly, he wasn’t part of the original pilot. The character of Alex Karev was written after the first episode was shot. Justin’s scenes were later digitally added.
Fans of the TV show are in disbelief of Justin’s leaving in the middle of the story. One of the fans wrote on Twitter: “Karev is just going to leave the show, just like that, when he has a whole storyline going with running a whole hospital, something doesn’t sound right, we are not buying it, Shonda”.
So shonda rhimes really thinks that justin chambers aka Alex Karev is just going to leave the show, just like that, when he has a whole story line going with running a whole hospital, something doesn’t sound right we the fans are are not buying it Shonda #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/oy5YpecKu6
— Ivette Rivera (@Indiaevie) January 11, 2023
Some of them are confused by this decision.
Hold TF on.. soo Justin Chambers (Karev) has been w/ #GreysAnatomy for 15 yrs + his last episode has already aired AND he didn’t get a proper send off. How TF does that happen?? Shonda, you have some explaining to do? No, for real.. pic.twitter.com/JPvRnaYzQY
— Victoria (@MzFanta) January 11, 2023
The departure of Alex Karev from the series was seen by many as a major punch to Meredith, which remains the only one from the original lineup.
Sad because I see that Justin Chambers (Alex) is no longer on #GreysAnatomy
MEREDITH HAS NO PERSON.
SHE HAS NO DEREK
SHE HAS NO LEXI
SHE HAS NO CRISTINA
SHE. HAS. NO. EVIL. SPAWN. AS. HER. PERSON.
ALEX WAS ALL MER HAD LEFT!!!!
GREY'S ANATOMY IS OVER NOW BYE pic.twitter.com/EYgiHompr0
— Ashley (@sparklya_) January 11, 2023
Dr. Alex Karev, portrayed by Justin Chambers, will no longer be on Greys Anatomy…. MEREDITH IS THE LAST MEMBER OF M.A.G.I.C. ? pic.twitter.com/al8cgH751u
— isabella faith (@iadevaia_iz) January 11, 2023
Justin Chambers: pic.twitter.com/Xi3YVmoW5v
— A (@multieditsmp4) January 11, 2023
Justin Chambers indeed left his fans heartbroken.
Me when I woke up to the news that I had already watched what was Justin Chambers’ last episode without even knowing. pic.twitter.com/AwZxQMwRLO
— Shubhankar Verma (@ankarve) January 11, 2023