After seven years on the show, Eric Dane is ready to be discharged

By Grady Smith
August 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

It only took one shower, one stare, and one very well-placed towel for Eric Dane to establish his role (and earn the nickname ”McSteamy”) on ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. But after almost seven years on the show, the chiseled actor, 39, has decided to move on. Dane will appear in just two episodes of the show’s upcoming ninth season, and then he’s gone. ”The loss of ‘McSteamy’ is going to leave a giant hole in our world in terms of, for lack of a better phrase, man-whoreness,” creator Shonda Rhimes tells EW. Better keep hitting the gym, Jesse Williams.