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Shonda Rhimes Speaks on Shocking Grey's Anatomy Death

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WARNING: Turn back now if you haven't seen the Grey's Anatomy season finale.

After the controversial and shocking death of a fan favorite, creator Shonda Rhimes is weighing in on the decision to bid that character farewell ... along with another doctor who also left town.

"Flight" rocked longtime fans of the ABC drama to the core, perhaps even more than past years. A beloved character meeting a gruesome, horrible and absolutely shocking death will do that.

"They're not really gone for good, are they?", more than a few fans likely asked.

But they are. Rhimes released a statement via Twitter after the episode, saying she's as sad as you are about what happened. Read it below, then comment with your take on her remarks:

Mark Breaking Down


Okay. Callie said it best tonight: Life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime.

This finale was incredibly hard to write. I did not enjoy it. It made me sick and it made me sad. We end the season not knowing ANYTHING about the future. Except for two things.

We know we are definitely saying goodbye to two of my favorite people: Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy).

I know this season's finale had some surprises for viewers and the exit of Kim Raver was one of the big ones. But Kim's series option was up and she was ready to give Teddy Altman a much-needed vacation.

It's been a pleasure working with someone as talented and funny and kind as Kim; everyone is going to miss her terribly. I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in the Grey's Anatomy universe, running Army Medical Command and building a new life.

I love Chyler and I love the character of Lexie Grey.

She was an important member of my Grey's family. This was not an easy decision. But it was a decision that Chyler and I came to together. We had a lot of thoughtful discussion about it and ultimately we both decided this was the right time for her character's journey to end.

As far as I'm concerned Chyler will always remain a part of the Shondaland family and I can't wait to work with her again in the future. I'd write more but I'm honestly too sad. I don't like life changing in an instant and turning on a dime.

Thanks for watching Season 8. We are, as always, grateful that you joined us for the ride."

Sob. Hiccup. Sob.

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I am reading Shonda´s twitter every day and she never said anything rude to the fans! So to the person who keeps telling that lie that her twitter told fans off, stop spreading your lies or prove it! because I´ve been to Shonda´s twitter account since the finale has aired and all she put up there was the long post about the people leaving and harmless stuff about her other shows or completely unrelated things. NOT ONE RUDE THING TO THE FANS! Quite the contrary really. She admitted that it was unsettling and unsatisfying. I hope that Chyler has at least the courtesy to explain her desision to leave because it would make this cruel death scene much more acceptable. I hope she didn´t pull a TR Knight or Katherine Heigl who only left because of the spotlight not solely on them. Seriously. I hate the fact that Little Grey is dead. I hate the haunting thought of my favorite bromance (Mark and Derek) ending because of Mark probably getting killed off next. I hate that my favourite surgeon (Derek) is probably gonna lose his hand or at least function of it. But I still love the show enough to stick around and see what happens to the leads, the original characters. All of those actors were nice enough to renew their contracts and come back and so will I although the show will probably be a lot darker after Lexie´s death. She has a bigger impact on most the characters than George had. I never missed Izzie but Little Grey will be missed dearly. :(


@mpourmpi- (Source | KristaVernoff via Twitter) Wise words there from Krista. It is true though; you may be mad at Shonda but this is a TV show. If there was no drama, we’d all stop watching! Going as far as to “attack� Shonda via twitter is no way to treat her and CHYLER LEAVING WAS HER CHOICE. In my opinion, the way Chyler ended her time on the show was a great tribute to her character and Chyler did such an excellent job playing out her death scene.


@The Bott - (Source | KristaVernoff via Twitter) Wise words there from Krista. It is true though; you may be mad at Shonda but this is a TV show. If there was no drama, we’d all stop watching! Going as far as to “attack� Shonda via twitter is no way to treat her and CHYLER LEAVING WAS HER CHOICE. In my opinion, the way Chyler ended her time on the show was a great tribute to her character and Chyler did such an excellent job playing out her death scene.


I am sad that lexie was killed off but I can actually understand shonda's decision to do so. Her character doesn't have anywhere elso to go and the pairing of mark and lexie has always been iffy to me. I had such high hopes for her pairing with jackson. Unfortunately, there was little chemistry with them. I am more sad with teddy's (kim raver)leaving. She is such a good actress and I was really hoping that she would have a good on-screen romance with someone cool like owen. Anyway, hope these changes would finally give the other characters like mark (who were stuck in their roles)a chance to shine and be given a better storyline. Looking forward to next season :)


EXCUSE ME BUT I'M TIRED OF HEARING THAT CHYLER DID NOT WANT TO RETURN AND THAT SHE WANTED OFF!!!!PLEASE GIVE ME A LINK THAT she tell that or something said by her and not only shonda or rumors!!!!!!!cause i didn't find that as much ias i googled it!!i only foun a videro that chyler last year told that she was willing to continue grey's if Mer was gone and that she has a lot to do with lexie!!!!


@ JamesT Well, I just Google that, and nothing came up about her having years on her contract. THE ONLY THING THAT CAME UP WAS THAT HER CONTRACT WAS UP! So, whether or not what you said is true, Chyler Leigh did not want to return. She wanted a break from the show. Read anything I have posted and everything will back me up. I'm tired of explaining this to every individual!


@The Bott E news reported in the summer of 2011 that Chyler Leigh had several years still left on her contract. Her Contract was not up. Google is your friend.


I to was very upset over Lexi dying but someone told me and I kinda hope they are right that she really isnt dead that when they are found Lexi is in a comma and bearly alive but NOT DEAD. I also heard by someone else this was another dream. I really truly hope that this is the case and she hasnt died and only time will truely tell. I love the show and I wont quit watching just because a charecter dies off because it happens all the time on all diffrent shows. These actors/actresses also have dreams and lifes of their own so maybe she was ready to leave the show. As for the people who keeping bringing up Gorge and Izzy getting killed off. Let me point out at this point Izzy still hasnt actually died. As for Gorge his actor asked to be written off so again they have their own lives and dreams


I think if she wanted to leave the show they should have sent her somewhere for some reason like they did with izzie. Im pissed and i do think we as fans should sign a petition and no I Will Not Grow Up to the person who said we should shut up no one wants to hear from you


I'm never gonna watch grey's anatomy again I want lexie back I love slexie forever and always who agrees your going to have bad reviews we need lexie back I'm not giving up lexie slexie lexie slexie i am her #1 fan I hate this it friggin sucks bring her back instead of dying she should be in a coma and still be alive