It's official: George O'Malley is saying goodbye to "Grey's Anatomy."
Oh, wait, that sounds a little too flippant, doesn't it? I mean, I'm not exactly excited to see T.R. leave "Grey's" for good. But it's not like it's a huge surprise.
His desire to leave the show — along with that of co-star Katherine Heigl, whose fate is still undecided — has been out in the open for months, and the season finale of "Grey's" had his character's life hanging in the balance after being hit by a bus.
"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," says the show's creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes. "He is an incredibly talented actor and a person whose strength of character is admired by all of us."
While Knight is on his way out the door, though, EW also reports that "Grey's" has bumped Jessica Capshaw up to full-time status for next season, which means that Arizona Robbins and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) will get to pursue their budding relationship a little more.
Knight's departure ends months (months? I swear it felt like years sometimes) of chatter about his supposed unhappiness with the show and his reduced role this season. He did get the short end of things more than once this season, but got more screen time before the season finale storyline that (literally) threw him under the bus.
So, yeah, though the network is not commenting at this time, word is T.R. got his wish today with ABC letting him out of his binding contract and bidding him farewell.
I guess this means O'Malley dies after the bus incident? Or maybe he survives but says peace out to Seattle Grace post-recovery.
I'm betting on the former. You?
UPDATE: T.R. Knight's former "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Melissa George confirmed to Us Weekly that Knight is indeed leaving "Grey's" at the Whitney Contemporaries Art Party and Auction in New York City last night.
George, who called Knight one of her best friends, said she feels great for him. When asked what is next for Knight, she was a bit coy: "Oh, everything. He's had a good week. I'm not saying anything… We just went to see two Broadway shows in the last two days. That's something great, you know? For him."
Was George confirming EW.com's report that T.R. is in talks to star in "Lend Me a Tenor" on Broadway next year?
Perhaps. But as far as Katherine Heigl's future plans go, George seemed to be in the dark, admitting that she doesn't know whether "Grey's" will let Heigl — whose character is suffering from brain cancer — walk away as well.
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