Ellen Pompeo hangs with T.R. Knight after Justin Chambers’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ exit

“Grey’s Anatomy” fans were saddened to see original cast member Justin Chambers say farewell as Dr. Alex Karev on this week’s episode of the medical drama. To help viewers cope, star Ellen Pompeo shared a photo of herself reuniting with fellow OG cast member T.R. Knight, who departed the series himself in 2009.

Knight, who played Dr. George O’Malley on the Shonda Rhimes brainchild, and Pompeo, 50, reunited Friday afternoon, sharing a photo to Ellen’s Instagram page of them together along with caption “Old friends are the BEST friends @t.r.knight… but like we aren’t old… we’ve just known each other for a very long time yes yes that’s it….”

Chambers and Pompeo are two of four original cast members remaining, in addition to Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey and James Pickins, Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber. Chambers announced his departure from the show in a statement back in January.

“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,” Chambers said. “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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