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Sorry, O' Malley fans --- your hopes that George survives Grey's Anatomy's summer hiatus is about to flatline.
T.R. had been very vocal about his displeasure with his lack of storyline, which was rumored to be a result of his tumultuous relationship with the series' creator, Shonda Rhimes. Shonda legally had until June 30 to decide whether or not George would survive getting smashed by that bus, but it seems she handed down the news he was waiting to hear just a little bit early.
So, T.R. got what he wanted --- whether or not us Grey's fans are happy about it -- but, now, what about Izzie? Is Katherine Heigl dunzo too?
Word on the street is that we should hear any minute....
Update: T.R. Knight has released the following statement:
"Leaving Grey's Anatomy was not an easy decision for me to make. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play this character and will miss my fellow cast and crew very much. I continue to wish them the very best, and wholeheartedly thank all of the fans who have supported me and the show with such passion and enthusiasm."
And Shonda released a statement of her own:
"I think I speak for the entire Grey's Anatomy family when I say we wish T.R. Knight the best in his future endeavors. He is an incredibly talented actor and a person whose strength of character is admired by all of us."