T.R. Knight Speaks Out on His 'Grey's Anatomy' Exit
T.R. Knight Speaks Out on His 'Grey's Anatomy' Exit
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It's no secret that T.R. Knight is leaving Grey's Anatomy but there hasn't really been any official statement until now. The 36-year-old actor, who plays Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC medical drama, finally breaks his silence with a statement confirming his departure.

"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," Knight said.

The news regarding the actor's departure, which was first reported by Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, is becoming a bit stale ---with Knight rumored to have asked to be written off the ABC medical drama and be released from his contact since December 2008. Meanwhile, series creator Shonda Rhimes has just followed with her own statement.

"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," she said.

Knight has portrayed George since the beginning of Grey's Anatomy, a role that has earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series in 2007. The actor will soon star in a production of the musical Parade, opening October 4 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Knight will play Leo Frank an Atlanta pencil-factory manager who in 1913 was convicted in the rape and murder of a 13-year-old female employee ---his first role since negotiating an early release from the show.

Now it's really official.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: EW
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