Shonda Rhimes: Derek Loves Meredith!

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After Shonda Rhimes and TV Guide's Michael Ausiello exchanged words about the critic's review of Private Practice, the producer of both shows gave him some hot scoop concerning the Grey's Anatomy embattled supercouple.

If you don't mind Grey's Anatomy spoilers, follow the jump to read her comments on Meredith and Derek, as well as another couple we know ...

"I want to be clear that Derek loves Meredith," Shonda Rhimes said, as if to put the debate over Lexie Grey to rest once and for all. "Derek loves Meredith more than anything. I can't imagine Derek going anyplace else other than Meredith."

And as if to butter up the TV Guide sleuth even more, the Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer handed him the biggest gift a Grey's Anatomy fan could ask for (at least in his opinion): a death certificate with O'Mizzie's name.

Oh, O'Mizzie

"A lot of people aren't sold on Izzie and George," Rhimes acknowledged. "I think the mistake that everyone makes is that we are telling you Izzie and George are the love story of the century; they're not the love story of the century. When other people find out about Izzie and George ... remember, people don't know about them yet â€" other people might think that's not a good idea either."

Lastly, on the red carpet, James Pickens Jr. teased that there will be some drama surrounding Richard's living situation (i.e., you won't believe who's moving in next door)! Interesting! Comments?

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I agree, george and Izzie do have real love. They are lucky as they like each other and love each other too, and I think they are the only couple on the show that fits this criteria. Who is trying to turn George into a McStud? He is a great guy (not to mention after seeing the elevator kiss, a wonderful kisser), who wouldn't fall in love with a cute, sweet funny guy like him? I know I would fall in love with him in a second. Give me George over Derek, Alex and Mark combined any day? And seriously, not all relationships are based on physical, George and Izzie have the emotional and physical connections, which makes them all the mroe special.


George and izzie are amazing, they have true love. They are so much more than about physical appearances and it is sad that some people seem to be stuck into physical appearances. Hot girls do get with guys that are not the definition of studs. Look at katherine heigl's real-life fiance or Ellen Pompeo's one. They are not McSteamy or McDreamy, but they have so much more going for them. Josh is funny, talented, can cook and is an amazing guy. So hot girls are suppose to go only with hot guys? what a shallow, limited view of the world. IMHO, George is hotter than Alex or Mark any day. Alex and Mark have hot bods, but not much substance to go with. George is the sensitive, funny, caring amazing guy and I have to tell you, girls are drawn to that. The bad boy with a heart of gold cliche wears out real fast.


I am not a big Gizzie fan but I am a huge George and Izzie fan separately. I hope that they mend their indiscretions and get on to more interesting story lines. If you look at the overall themes of this show it really strongly reflects how sexually repressed Americans are and in being so how obsessed they are with SEX at all times. It is sad how a platonic relationship like Gizzie could not have been just left alone. I hope that Derek gets some more interesting plot twists and more air time since P.Dempsey is great to watch as an actor and needs more exposure on the show (sorry to P.D. for wanting him to work more!). I am not going to watch Private Practice since it so far looks like a weak attempt to capitalize on G.A. success. I will miss K.Walsh but so be it. Hopefully the new season will be lighter and more interesting with better plots and better medical moments. My interest in the show did wane last year.....I did buy Season 3 but have not even opened it yet, whereas, with the Season 1 DVD I could not wait to watch the extra stuff. So here is to more McDreamy, less Mer whining, more medical drama and less emphasis on sex (as if that will happen in the repressed starving for it U.S.! lol thanks to the religious right)


Happy to hear the Derek stil loves Meredith, hopefully that means she is going to return the feeling, by the preview I saw tonight, she looked ready to fight for him. I think that Meredith and Derek need to stop forcing the relationship and just let their love work everything out. Still can't stand Izzie and George. Think that the friendship was ruined and really be hard to get back, because even if they get together it won't stick and then what.


Derek and George should never be compared. They are completely different. Derek is dreamy and sexy and George is cute. That is not an insult either! The thing is ya can't change who ya are so dramatically. They're tryin to turn George into mcstud and he so isn't meant to be that! He's supposed to be cute like a puppy. Not the one who gets all the hot girls. KNOW YOUR ROLE!


Wow, so much comments, but given those are the two most-talked about couples on the show, I am not that surprised. BTW, I am an O'Stevens (George and Izzie, do not like the Gizzie nickname) and MerDer fan, love them both and want them to be happy. I feel privileged to have two couples that I love so much. George and Izzie were a beautiful surprise to me, I was shocked at what a great couple they make and how much they could love one another. Breaks my heart but in a good way.


guys guys chillll everyone is talking about not watching the show anymore but wat if they get together l8r and you miss it or their might be some other great couple or story line.. quiting the show over one measly break up means you must not have been watching Greys anatomy for the past seasons....i am on the mer der team myself but SERIOUSLY CHILL!!!! mer/der all the way


i love derek and meredith sooooooo much. there perfect together so LEXI GREY needs to pee off xxxx MER DER 4EVA


I'm no longer going to waste my time talking about George and Izzie. No one is going to change my mind about them and I'm sure I'm not going to change anyone elses. But, I will give them this, maybe they are becoming bigger the Mer/Der cuz it seems like everyone here is just talking about them. I'm still not a fan though. I don't really even like Mer/Der the best. I watch the show for Christina and Alex, hopefully they will get some good stories this year. I wish Burke would have stuck around.
And Alicia I agree with you about Derek, it pisses me off that he doesn't forgive Mark too, but I think that they're going to mend their friendship this year since Burke is gone.


I think Izzie loved Denny deeply, but he died and she had to move on, and I believe she has always been a bit in love with George. I loved Denny and Izzie, I do love george and Izzie more. As for MerDer, they are the main couple, noone is denying that. But there can be two great couples on this show, why the competition between the two group of fans? I love both and I think they both bring a lot to the show. Those ship wars get a bit irritating.

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There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.