It Can’t Be! Justin Chambers Is Leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' After 15 Years & Ellen Pompeo Is Quick To React

Date January 13, 2020

Justin Chambers had been Grey’s Anatomy’s biggest asset since the very beginning. The actor has been a part of the medical drama for long 15 years, playing Alex Karev since the very first season.

Chambers started as a model but quickly moved to the screen, appearing in the films like:

  • The Wedding Planner;
  • The Zodiac;
  • Southern Bells.

Yet, it was Grey’s Anatomy that brought him the most success and popularity.

Is Justin Chambers leaving ‘Grey's Anatomy’?

As Grey’s Anatomy wrapped up its 15th season, many fans were excited to see what will happen to Alex Karev in the show’s next chapter not suspecting that it will be his last one.

Yes, ladies, gents and lovers of medical dramas, Justin Chambers is leaving Grey's Anatomy forever. The actor shocked the social media world when he announced that season 15 was his final.

The show has had a number of original cast members written off it but it looked like Alex Karev will be there till the very end. Nobody expected Chambers to quit but it’s fair to say he couldn’t play Karev forever.

Justin explained to Deadline:

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.

Chambers’ fellow cast-member Ellen Pompeo was quick to react on her long-time colleague and dear friend’s decision to leave. She agreed with a Vanity Fair’s tweet, which stated that the show ‘is about to feel one of its biggest losses yet.’

In his last scene, Alex Karev was standing up for Pompeo’s character, Meredith Grey, and helping her to reinstate her license. We don’t know how the show’s writers will explain Karev’s exit but we will have to wait for Grey’s Anatomy’s grand return later in January to find out.

Fans are heartbroken

We have to admit, playing the same character for 15 years could definitely get a tad boring so we can understand Justin’s wish. But the show must go on and Alex Karev will forever remain a massive part of it. As for Chambers, now he has time to focus on his family: wife Keisha and their 5 children. We are sad to say goodbye but excited to see what Chambers will be up to next.