Original ‘Station 19’ Cast Member Okieriete Onaodowan Leaving After ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Crossover
Okieriete Onaodowan, an original cast member of “Station 19,” left the ABC drama on Thursday, in a crossover episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” that featured the death of his character, Dean Miller.
Onaodowan stars as Dean in “Station 19,” which is currently in its fifth season since the spinoff show “Grey’s Anatomy” launched in 2018.
Here’s the official description for the hour of “Station 19,” titled “Things We Lost in the Fire”: When Theo and Vic reach a milestone in their relationship, Vic is forced to consider her feelings about the ‘commitment. Andy takes refuge with Dean and helps care for Pruitt, while Dean considers a potential new career opportunity. Meanwhile, an explosion tears through a neighborhood and changes the lives of our firefighters forever.
It turns out that Dean was killed from injuries he sustained in that disaster (which we find out on the crossover’s “Grey’s Anatomy” time), a death that will most certainly change the lives of the remaining 19 OGs. of “Station” forever.
“It’s been a pleasure being Dean. I have Shonda Rhimes, Stacy McKee, Krista Vernoff, Paris Barclay and ABC to thank for allowing me to bring it to life,” Onaodowan said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “I am grateful to have been able to work with the most loving, kind and dedicated team on network television. And most importantly, thank you to the fans for showing Dean so much love. I hope he inspired to change your world for the better. Be the change!”
“Station 19” showrunner Krista Vernoff added in a statement, “I am a better artist and human being to have had the opportunity to work with Okieriete Onaodowan. I am heartbroken over the loss of Dean Miller and that I can no longer write for Oak. Oak has an expansive spirit and was ready and eager for new artistic horizons – and I really can’t wait to see what he does next. It will be powerful, it will be deep and it will be brave because Oak is all of that.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted after the episode on Thursday, “What a pleasure it has been to go from seeing you gracing the Broadway stage to seeing Dean in action on screen. Wishing you all the best! “
Onaodowan replied with a quote-tweet: “@shondarhimes Thank you for taking a chance and giving me the opportunity. Thank you very much. You changed my life.”