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His rep downplayed his statements, telling UsMagazine.com, “He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season and we have no idea what the future holds.”

Co-star (and TV wife) Ellen Pompeo is also rumored to be eyeing an exit to the show. Her contract is up at the same time. Creator Shonda Rhimes has said the show will continue to adapt if big stars leave.