The Real Reason Why These Actors Left Grey's Anatomy

  • Published on Feb 23, 2019
  • With all the turnover, have you ever wondered the real reason why these actors left Grey's Anatomy? It all started in 2005, centering around the polarizing character, Meredith Grey, a star who has stayed with the ABC network since the show’s inception. Grey’s Anatomy has been blasted for its notoriety for killing characters, leaving only four of the original actors, Alex Karev, Miranda Bailey, Richard Webber, and Meredith Grey to star in Grey's Anatomy Season 15. Though medical mayhem and doctor drama might seem to be the reason for the character turnover, some speculated behind-the-scenes scandal might also be at fault. Through its cast of OB/GYNs, surgeons, doctors, and nurses, Grey’s Anatomy makes for a pretty intricate plot line. It’s no wonder this medical drama has created some notorious fallouts for past cast members.
    Isiah Washington couldn’t seem to avoid drama with co-star Patrick Dempsey. After rumors circulated of a homophobic slur used by Washington, the next season of Grey’s Anatomy would be seen without him. The fallout from that led to TR Knight leaving Grey's.
    Even Brooke Smith, who played Dr. Erica Hahn was let go. While many speculated it was on behalf of her being part of the LGBT community, series creator Shonda Rhymes stated they simply couldn’t write for her character anymore. Even Katherine Heigl’s departure from the show was shocking to some, though Rimes would later reveal on Oprah that her resignation was far from surprising. Despite its low retention of actors, Grey’s Anatomy has been applauded for it’s ethnically diverse cast, something that sets the series apart from most others.
    #GreysAnatomy #McDreamy #PatrickDempsey
    Isaiah Washington | 0:17
    Kate Walsh | 1:09
    T.R. Knight | 2:03
    Katherine Heigl | 2:45
    Sandra Oh | 3:38
    Patrick Dempsey | 4:18
    Chyler Leigh | 5:04
    Kim Raver | 5:38
    Eric Dane | 6:19
    Sara Ramirez | 6:54
    Jason George | 7:34
    Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew | 8:17
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Comments • 835

  • Filip Marius
    Filip Marius Hour ago +1

    the thought that maybe one day addison and cristina will come back is the only reason i keep watching this show

  • DeniseSavera
    DeniseSavera Day ago

    Well... As long as the real doctor shepherd is still in the show..❤️
    (yeah, i called amelia the real doctor shepherd, blame me if you want)

  • Sojourner Watkins

    Why did Denny have to die😔

  • Star far
    Star far 2 days ago

    I stopped watching it when Shonda fired all of them in the plane crash

  • Star far
    Star far 2 days ago

    They all got fired

  • Tina Burton
    Tina Burton 3 days ago

    It was bad enough when Isaiah Washington left, a few seasons later when Knight and Heigl left, it got even worse. But, when Oh and Dempsey left, GAME OVER. The show is garbage now! Pull the plug GA and go into the light!

  • p a
    p a 4 days ago

    this show is absolutely nothing without the original cast. There I said it

  • Rizzo Jamez Blancaflor
    Rizzo Jamez Blancaflor 5 days ago +1

    Lexie is the one character I really don't want to die 😭

  • Tatum Ebner
    Tatum Ebner 6 days ago

    I still cry over Lexie’s marks and Dempsey death

  • Shyla S
    Shyla S 7 days ago

    Liked Addison much more than Meredith Grey.

  • dalia
    dalia 7 days ago

    i stopped watching when Derek died it got boring

  • Itsprudy yy
    Itsprudy yy 7 days ago

    Meredith was so dumb which made me mad

  • riri 2003
    riri 2003 7 days ago +1

    i love season 5-9 because of owen😍

  • R M
    R M 8 days ago

    I miss Cristina und Addi so much

  • Lee Ann Fleetwood
    Lee Ann Fleetwood 11 days ago

    They seriously need to bring back Denny Duquette. The best and sexiest patient the show has ever had. Yea I know he died....but did he? ;)

  • Gloria K
    Gloria K 12 days ago

    Hearing about Sara Ramirez’s departure and Shonda Rhime’s reaction to it( that she had other plans for Callie) I get the feeling she had planned for Callie to come back from New York and, finally, get back with Arizona..considering Rhime’s statement that they tried bringing Ramírez back for the S14 finale and the way Arizona’s story arc concludes in, at least you didn’t completely destroy ALL of our favorite ships Shonda!

  • R P
    R P 14 days ago

    Why didnt you put the leaves in order? I wouldve stopped at the point i recognised the losses when i was familiar. Tha hells wrong with you, missorganizing like that.

  • Akeila Wallace
    Akeila Wallace 15 days ago

    I did not know there was a spin-off for Addison omg I so need to get hip and watch that show I’m about to buy all the seasons from prime video lol

  • Grant Luu
    Grant Luu 15 days ago +38

    Me: (Watches Show)
    Shonda Rhimes: Hey, you like this character?
    Me: Ya
    Shonda Rhimes: WELL NOW THEYRE DEAD
    Me: ☹️

  • d w a r f p l a n e t s
    d w a r f p l a n e t s 16 days ago +2

    Guys, remember Shane Ross and Leah Murphy? Yeah, I didn't like the way they left either.

  • ZR
    ZR 17 days ago +1

    Arizona and April being let go was WTF moment! They're my faves!!!

  • Rainie Veronica Tan
    Rainie Veronica Tan 17 days ago

    i just started watching grey’s and ive finished 2 Seasons but don’t have vpn to watch season 3-11 on Netflix :///

  • lil alexus
    lil alexus 17 days ago +1

    I really hope Cristina or Addie come back for atleast a 30 second scene in season 16.

  • alex Chan
    alex Chan 17 days ago

    hospital is more danger then firestation and policestation

  • Marcela Wayne
    Marcela Wayne 18 days ago

    If this show wants to keep going it's gonna have to keep changing up characters cuz no one trusts it anymore.

  • Kevin Fink
    Kevin Fink 19 days ago +6

    shonda is like the hitler of tv shows. if someone says or does something she doesnt like, zhey are gone and never be seen again

  • scorpio
    scorpio 19 days ago

    i will forever be upset over George and mcdreamy

  • Cait Kinnamon
    Cait Kinnamon 19 days ago

    Man I rlly miss George and Derek and Sloan

  • Charizard Rules
    Charizard Rules 20 days ago

    Just because he said a homophobic slur he was kicked out of the show? I bet there's at least 5 people in the cast who have said the n word.

  • Chloe Coombes
    Chloe Coombes 21 day ago

    it's KYler??? i've been say SHyler all these years. i'm sorry Mrs Leigh

  • Nadienka Calderón
    Nadienka Calderón 21 day ago

    Mc dreamy never should go!

  • Angel Saturn
    Angel Saturn 22 days ago

    I want back Bad Judge!😒🥺☹

  • phobia1986
    phobia1986 22 days ago

    I need to say i love GA, i watch it since 4 years without break from beginning to end and repeat. But i see more and more, that the fun to watch it get lost with the season 11, and totally after 12, where all my loved characters was gone and the story have too much focus on the story of own hunt and his army. Then, as my fav chracter (after Lexie Grey) April Kepner left also, i lost the fun completely :(

  • Baker 1982
    Baker 1982 23 days ago

    Private practice was great

  • Daniel Meneses
    Daniel Meneses 23 days ago

    Callie y Arizona...ellas hacen mucha falta

  • Cayden Hernandez
    Cayden Hernandez 26 days ago

    Is the only original actor left Meredith Grey.... the MAIN CHARACTER !!!!!

  • Harlynn2194
    Harlynn2194 26 days ago

    they're dragging the show at this point s15 and barely any originals

  • Brizzy PK
    Brizzy PK 27 days ago +1

    I love how Sandra Oh make Killing Eve. That is my fav show

  • CD Listening
    CD Listening 28 days ago

    Wonderful , detailed information on the cast of a great show whether they are past or present cast members.Very interesting to know something about each one and their lives.

  • lina monny
    lina monny 29 days ago

    Ma in italiano. Nooo. e

  • g r a c i
    g r a c i Month ago

    best seasons were like 5-8

  • anna hall
    anna hall Month ago +4

    when izzie left i was so sad, she was so underrated

    • Waylon Hatfield
      Waylon Hatfield 21 day ago

      anna hall I know what happens I’m not even that far yet that’s so sad

  • Awesome
    Awesome Month ago

    Private Practice was sooooo good 😍😍😍😍

  • Becca Love
    Becca Love Month ago

    Bring back mcdreamy!!!!

  • Becca Love
    Becca Love Month ago

    Patrick dempsey is an asshole for leaving greys.

  • SandzhaS
    SandzhaS Month ago

    It is sad, how they kill all the characters.. and ruins the show..

  • Shawney Hind
    Shawney Hind Month ago

    Losing Eric aka mark solan was the worst moment of the show for me ever and have watched the series over and over since the beginning x x

  • chipeee
    chipeee Month ago +1

    1. I don't believe most of the reasons in the RU-clip video here. All PR. They left for better deals elsewhere or were fired. Who knows?; not here. Not "creative" reasons.
    2. Don't like the show now: best characters gone (Kepner,Sloan,Yang,Lexie,too many to mention); and too much leftist political/social advocacy.
    3. I never liked annoying Meredith (luckiest girl in the world to land on this show) and Amelia. Hated Meredith's opening and closing remarks; and the music lyric overlays

  • Cody Levinson
    Cody Levinson Month ago

    Yeah, lots of Surgeons decide to be Firefighters in real life.... Totally believable.

  • Hayley Meyer
    Hayley Meyer Month ago

    I made a Grey's Anatomy movie trailer: It's if Grey's was a romantic comedy

  • Gdonisblue
    Gdonisblue Month ago

    Original cast was 🔑

  • lulo mafa
    lulo mafa Month ago

    Mark’s death hit me really bad. Still haven’t forgiven Shonda for letting Arizona and April and for breaking up Japril!!!

  • Jaron Aho
    Jaron Aho Month ago

    Seasons 1-3 were the originals. I miss them.

  • Hayley Meyer
    Hayley Meyer Month ago +1

    if anyone else is as obsessed with Grey's as I am, I made a movie trailer:

  • Jenifer Dias
    Jenifer Dias Month ago

    Raver is now back

  • watch2muchtv
    watch2muchtv Month ago

    I hate how actors always apologize for their actions and then different communities . Just apologize to you and you alone . Lame. Now it’s funny with Isabel Stevens she dug her own career grave. Wow who knew letting go of Christina was that hard. I’m still annoyed about Patrick Dempsey . But let’s face it the show is still going on and on and on. They wanted out .

  • Saliha Bilal
    Saliha Bilal Month ago

    I thought I would feel better after watching this. But I do not.

  • Danny Rodriguez
    Danny Rodriguez Month ago +6

    cristina yang is the greatest character on this show. the show started going downhill after she left

  • Eric x
    Eric x Month ago

    Derek dying was more tragic than anyone shot by a cop in real life.

  • deborah gray
    deborah gray Month ago

    Season 5 and 6 was the best cast.