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Chyler Leigh Promoted to Cast Member

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Chyler Leigh PhotoTV Guide reports today that the Grey's Anatomy brain trust has officially promoted Chyler Leigh (a.k.a. Mer's half-sister, Lexie Grey) to a series regular.

An ABC Studios rep confirmed the move, stating that Chyler Leigh is signed for at least 13 episodes at the present time.

The news confirms our story from last week about Leigh possibly joining the cast.

It also comes in spite of a report that Grey's test audiences chewed up and spit out the Lexie character during a recent focus group.

Her flirtation with Derek Shepherd - one of only two scenes featuring Lexie Grey thus far - didn't help.

In any case, Chyler Leigh appears to be here to stay.

In related news, the spin-off, Private Practice, also added a new star in KaDee Strickland (The Wedding Bells) to play the administrator of Oceanside Wellness Center. She too will be a series regular.

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I don't understand why everyone dislikes her. She mady have flirted with derek but to be honest with you, I think shonda will en up make her like bi or even gay. Either way, it's just a show but shonda should have stuck to her word when she said that derke and mer would be together for awhile. Stop making this show such shit and stick to what made grey's so awesome in the first place. Oh and one more thing.....NO MORE NEW CHARACTERS!!!! AND NO MORE LONG LOST HALF-SISTER, FATHER WHO WAS NEVER OR FORGOTTEN LOVER CRAP EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all

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FUCK OFF!! IN REAL CHYLER LEIGH IS SUCH A SLUT, I MEAN SERIOUSLY LOOK AT THAT PICTURE. AT LEAST ELLEN POMPEO DOES'NT HAVE A PICTURE LIKE THAT. FUCK FUCK!

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My issues with Lexie is here her mother had passed away and her father was very clearly upset. We were given the impression that they were a very close knit family. So why was'nt Lexie with her family instead of trying to pick someone up in a bar. Her biggest mistake was the fact that it was Derek. The minute she smiles at him it was all over for her to even be the least bit liked. I have always had respect for Shonda but the end of season 3 has made me question what's she's up to. I'm hoping she is listening to the fans and takes Lexie in a whole different direction than MerDer.

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i hate lexie. i hate that lexie thought derek was cute. i hate that derek pointed out to meredith that she should be worried that flirting with a girl in a bar was the highlight of his week. i hate that meredith didn't say i love you to derek or yes i want to be with you derek in the locker room and i hate that meredith just walked off at the wedding and did run in to derek's arms and kiss. are you getting that i totally hated how the show ended? good. because shonda better have a few tricks up her sleeves to make me fall back in love with this show because it's just depressing not being in love with the show anymore. i'm back to the dvds of season one and two. I NEED MEREDITH AND DEREK BACK TOGETHER AND HAPPY DAMNIT! :( depressing shit .. makes me want to cry. i noticed that i fell in love with derek in the very first episode ever. just because he was derek. and then i wanted to strangle him in the first episode of season two for being married. then in the third season i wanted to just kiss him because he finally told meredith that he loved her. she better not make me wanna strangle him again. i can't take that.

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I swear to GOD she does look like a slut in that picture. Also, she doesnt strike me as an intelligent girl at all. YOUR MISTAKE SHONDA!, do somethng about her. I dont think Alex or Sloan would be interested in that kind of girl, they can do better that a whore.

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Very well said Claudia, its all about moral issues, today majority of the viewers are also teenagers and young adults. I dont think its right for them to get certain kind of ideas like flirting with your sisters boyfriend just to teach her a lesson. Believe me i know how these kids think, they know its not right but they will do it anyway to get back at someone and the outcome is always not pleasant. Shonda, should just have brought lexie as an intern, she doesnt necessarily have to make her flirt with derek, it has been done anyway, which is just too bad 'something about first impression'. I also want to point out something very important, meredith was not the one that approached derek first, he was looking at her from the back and approached her. Whereas the Mcbarwhore followed derek and asked him for a drink, which again brings us back to morals. She was suppose to be grieving for goodness sake, even meredith wouldnt have done that to ellis grey... its just a thought. I think i have said enough for now.

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The reason everybody hates Lexi is because of her potential involvement with Derek. But it raises moral issues, I think more upsetting than adultery (Izzie & George), because it´s a bout two sisters and one guy. I mean, not that they consider themselves family, but nontheless. I think they´ll keep making Mer misserable with the family issues and us too, with teir breakup and the McBarSlut thing. But I don´t get the fact that Lexie is flirting with a stranger (a hot one, but still!) in a bar, laughing, the same day of her mother´s funeral! I mean, why isn´t she sad? or deppressed? I find that very odd and upsetting.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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well if her and Alex go at it...then thats ok...anymore flirty with mcDreamy...burn her at the stake