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    Justin Chambers Is Leaving "Grey's Anatomy" After Season 16 And I Am Absolutely Heartbroken

    "There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life."

    Well, it's time to break out several boxes of tissues, because we are losing another original member of Grey's Anatomy.

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    According to Deadline, Justin Chambers aka Alex Karev will be leaving the show after Season 16.

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    Justin has been in a whopping 352 episodes — every single one since the series premiered in 2005.

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    In a statement to Deadline, Justin said, "There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years."

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    He continued, saying, "For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time."

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    Justin went on to thank Shonda Rhimes, Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens Jr., who he has worked with since the pilot.

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    He also gave a shoutout to "the rest of the amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride."

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    As of right now, it's unclear when Justin's last episode will be, but Deadline is reporting that his last episode could've possibly been "My Shot" — the episode featured Alex supporting Meredith at her medical board hearing.

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    There's no telling if that was really Alex's final goodbye or if he'll be saying goodbye to Grey Sloan and Meredith Grey some other way.

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    Also, now I'm wondering what will happen with Alex and Jo's relationship and I am stressed.

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    Starting from an intern to becoming chief of surgery, Alex Karev is such an important part of Grey's Anatomy and I'm sad to see him go.

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    Grey's Anatomy returns with brand new episodes on Jan. 23 on ABC.