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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Wow, I can't believe some of you are calling Shonda. Seriously!?! If you don't like her decision then don't watch. Something dramatic always happens. I have loved GA from the start and I was sad to see Lexie killed off but this stuff happens in a tv show. And I'm just glad it wasn't Derek, Meredith or Cristina killed off. Bring on season 9!!!!!!! :)


Why do you guys have to be so rude and mean to people like that?! yes killing of Lexi was very sad and she is going to be missed a lot but it was Chyler's decision too, not just Shonda's so flipping clam down. Shonda does not deserve to be called those awful hurtful things you have said about her. You people need to grow up, everyone these days think they are all big and bad because they say awful things to other people through the internet, but you're not. If you had the chance would you actually say those things to someones face like that?! especially to a person you don't even know?! you just know they make the show, you have no idea what kind of person they really are, so quit thinking you do!!!
Shonda if you have seen these comments I apologize for you having to read such awful comments... it is your show so make it how ever you want... no matter what you do there are going to be people who disagree with the decision you have made.. you can't please everyone!!! But I really do hope that Arizona, Grey, Yang, Shepard, and Sloan survive!!! but if they don't that's your decision!!


YOU ARE HORRIBLE! YOU ARE DISGUSTING! YOU ARE CRUEL AND EVIL! All of you who agreed with this shit! I know it's only a TV series, but you can't even think, without being mentally sick, to do that even to caracter, who is afterall portrayed by a human.
OK, the actor dosen't want to play anymore! Talk to him, agree, but depart him in a more respectful manner. At least for the fans or even viewers!
Why not treat him like a beggar, who is not that significant? We could have even burn him alive, but we didn't remember, right?
If you will do even 100 more seasons, I can say with all my heart that you losed thursday night the more faithfull fans you ever had! And I'm in those! Shonda you dissapoint me, and hurt me in the same time! You killed this season the most innocent and loveable caracters, when they seemed to finally have a road ahead! I know it's your show or story, or whatever, but what you did with lexie is beyond cruelty. My hands got sweat and cold as I watched the scene, and not every movie has this efect on me! And by sayng that I don't mean to sound good.
Again, I'm very dissapointed, and I would never watch grey's anatomy again.
I just wanted to express what's burning inside me for 2 years, so the haters or offenders, please walk away, because I will not argue or motivate my comment!


Shonda is a fucking cunt. BiggestGreyFan: First of all, Mark and Lexie fans haven't been "loving" GA for A VERY LONG TIME because this fan base has been ignored for 3 seasons. I've only seen a fan base so completely blown off once before and it was in a daytime soap opera. Grey'a Anatomy hasn't been Grey's Anatomy for 2 seaons - it's the callie and arizona show. Lexie as the "nice girl/little sister" and Mark as the "reformed playboy" are what made them special as a couple. I actually quit watching when SR broke them up the first time but got talked into giving the finale a try by a friend who thought for certain this was the re-union that lying bitch has been promising for months. I thoroughly detest this show and WILL NEVER watch it again. In fact, I'm going to repeat myself: Shonda is a fucking cunt.


I think Mark's words at the end says it all Lexie is waiting for him, they need to be together they need to figure out how to re-write history because some where in this the love of these two characters needs to shine through. And Christina is right how much drama do they need to go through bombs, gunfire now plane crash these people Seriously! they need an emotional reconstruction they have gone through more than humanly possible to not be completely broken. Re-Write! Seriously!!


I did'nt like that ending shonda didn't have to kill her that way, or kill her at all, really hopping it happens as it happend to the dany character! cause if not, many will have a badly deception, plus didn't the ex-chief of surgery said they'll wait for them?


Make it where Lexie is just passed out, I dont care how, just bring her back!


This is so shitty. I don't believe for a second that she had to kill off lexie because of chyler, she could have sent her to another hospital mourning because of mark wanting a baby with someone else, and brought her back in a year or two to screw up marks life. Then of all people, keeping april, whom everyone loathes?? Really? Terrible choice shonda rhimes, I have seen a total of one positive review for your so called brilliant finale. Maybe you should fix this before you get cancelled.


I don't care if Teddy is going to Mars on vacation, but I WANT LEXIE ALIVE


I don't if Teddy is going to Mars on vacation, but I WANT LEXIE ALIVE

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