Paging Dr. Alex Karev?! After news broke that original Grey’s Anatomy star Justin Chambers will be leaving the medical drama, everyone has been wondering more about him — especially his wife and who she is. This is likely because he referred to her in the statement he released on Friday, January 10, about departing the iconic show.
“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,” he 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.”
“As I move on from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rhimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride,” he concluded.
While playing, Alex Karev on the series, fans have noticed the 49-year-old Ohio native shares a lot of similarities with his character — who’s also from the midwest! They are both hard-working family men and it’s hard for us to believe Justin wasn’t originally in the pilot episode Shonda filmed years ago. The series creator actually added him in as an afterthought — and, before today, he was one of the only original characters remaining.
Even after 15 years on Grey’s Anatomy, the show is still a hit today — and Justin’s former costar Kate Walsh knows why. The actress previously told Closer Weekly fans love the series because it’s “crazy” and “amazing.”
“Everybody hopes their show is successful, but no one would have ever anticipated that kind of success,” Kate, 52, told Closer. “There’s a certain love, it’s like a little long-term relationship. People love those characters. I love them still. There’s a great love and connection and loyalty to them.”
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