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Friday, February 19, 1999 Published at 16:18 GMT


Entertainment

End of an ER era

George Clooney (back row, right) and the cast of ER

It was the moment millions of George Clooney fans had been dreading - the night Dr Doug Ross walked out of the doors of Chicago County Hospital for the last time.

George Clooney's final episode of ER after five years in the show was screened on NBC on Thursday night to an audience of 35m people, ending speculation about how he would leave.

But the paediatrician's departure was a controversial one. Dr Ross left in disgrace after he helped to assist the death of a terminally-ill boy after the child's mother begged him to put him out of his suffering.

The episode was the conclusion of a two-part cliffhanger. Last week he was shown racing to the scene of an accident, but ended up in a crash himself.

Dr Ross won fans through his unconventional methods and his womanising. One woman he slept with on a one-night stand had a drug-induced seizure in his apartment and died.

Clooney is now reportedly planning to work on a semi-autobiographical comedy called Kilroy - about an aspiring actor struggling to make it big in Hollywood.

His exit from ER can be seen twice on UK screens. Sky One will show the two episodes on 8 and 15 April, while Channel 4 will follow on 5 and 12 May.



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