T.R. Knight: "Leaving Grey's Was Not an Easy Decision for Me"

T.R. Knight is finally confirming he's leaving Grey's Anatomy.

"Leaving Grey's Anatomy was not an easy decision for me to make. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play this character and will miss my fellow cast and crew very much," he tells Usmagazine.com in a statement.

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"I continue to wish them the very best, and wholeheartedly thank all of the fans who have supported me and the show with such passion and enthusiasm," he continues.

Show creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells Us: "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. He is an incredibly talented actor and a person whose strength of character is admired by all of us."

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Usmagazine.com reported Knight was leaving the show on Wednesday. Yesterday, his former costar Melissa George told Us she "felt great" he was moving on.

Sources told Us that costar Katherine Heigl will remain on the hit ABC medical drama.