Chyler Leigh Issues Statement on Grey's Anatomy Exit

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According to TV Fanatics, it was the most heartbreaking season finale death of them all. By far.

And now Chyler Leigh has spoken out for the first time about her emotional exit, which took place on the Grey's Anatomy Season 8 finale and still has fans reeling.

Meant to Be

"Earlier this year, I made the decision that season eight would be my last on Grey's Anatomy," the actress said in a statement released to multiple media outlets.

"I met with Shonda and we worked together to give Lexie's story appropriate closure. I am very lucky to have worked with this amazing cast and crew for five seasons. My experience on Grey's Anatomy is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I want to take this time to say thank you to the fans. Your unconditional love and support have made these last five years very special for me. I look forward to my next chapter and I hope you will continue to follow me on my journey."

Leigh's words echo those of Rhimes, who Tweeted not long after the finale aired:

"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."

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Hey shonda maybe your ratings are going down because your writers suck and instead of killing off characters your should kill off writers BECAUSE LEXIES STORYLINE HAD A HORRIABLE ENDING ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAD MONTHS TO WORK ON IT


i have been on this site since the fianle if they really tweeted that she would have put it on the site earlier now they are just tring to ease the fans with this crap about it being something they came up with together and its true if they knew for months that she was leaving why not give her closure let her accept the relationship between sloan and his girl not have her tell him how she has being feeling after the whole season just for it to confuse sloan and have the fans be mad about the relationship what kind of good storyline was that for her finale season all season wanting this guy and have us feel so sad for her character and make us want them together even more just to have them kill her if you knew she was leaving the show i think they should have done way better on making us feel like it was acturally a good ending it wasnt it was complete crap and everyone is tring to cover their ass she was one of the best parts of the show and it gave mer a family relationship HEY SHONDA I THINK YOUR LOSING RATINGS BECAUSE YOUR WRITERS SUCK INSTEAD OF KILLING OFF CHARACTERS YOU SHOULD KILL OFF WRITERS


And if they knew for months, why on earth did she get a two second death? Didn't she deserve a decent storyline? Didn't ML fans deserve better after waiting for three years? Shonda Rhimes can go fuck herself and her show. I am done, the writing has been down for two years now.


Don't believe a word of this. Chyler was fired because of ungrateful merder fans that complained after Chyler said she is willing to be the main grey. The media kept asking. WTF was she supposed to say. This statement is fake and manufactured. Its almost the exact same than SR'd tweet. I just hope Chyler is fine. This entire season must have been a slap in her face, yet she is being graceful and covering for Shonda. I hate that woman.


It was trulyy sad to let Lexie go but it sure was a nice wayy to end things between her and Mark. There would've been no better wayy because yyou onlyy know the true meaning of love when yyou lose it in such wayys. And it tool Chyyler a lot of heart to step up and walk awayy to amuse all her fans. She has been a huge part of one of the best shows ever. Love for her and her talent


I didn't think much of this season; too many changes, characters doing things i didn't really believe the character would do and no succinct plot for each opisode; the whole show just seem to be 'dawdling' along. I was really only watching it for Mark and Lexie. I won't be watching next season. Sadly.


OMG!!! you's just a damn show. so one of the leads died..who cares. Greys was great before Lexie and although she will be missed on the show, the show will be great after Lexie. Lexie didn't make the show. ALL the other characters are still there. 2 other main characters died on the show..O'malley and Izzy (well she didn't die but she's out of the story). Dr Burke got "let go" early on as well. So deal with it. Characters die. It's not Grey's fault that Chyler no longer wants to have her role in greys. I would've liked Lexie to stay, in fact I would've preferred April to die off.


ok fine fine. i am with all the angry fans as well. I was just trying to be optimistic. smh


Lexie deserved a better closure.. She s been a delight n I'd always root for her.. I'd still wish this was more of a "nightmare of Mark's" that having to never see Lexie Grey again.. Not Done! Not fair!


I'm sorry, but I simply do not believe a word of that statement. Chyler was ready to take over as the main character should Ellen not return, she was all excited about it when they asked her earlier this season. Now she suddenly wants to leave, just conviently after the Originals, including the leading Grey, signed new contracts with a pay raise? Please. I'm not one for conspiracy theories and all that, but I don't buy this. SOmething must've happened BTS. Either Chyler was fed up with her little amount of screentime, or they needed to get rid of people in order to get the payraise for the others. Combine all of that with the fact that Shonda hasn't given a clear explanation about Chyler's departure, other than "What happens in our little family, stays in our family" and "I have nothing but respect for Chyler", yet she fully explains why Kim Raver is gone... Oh well, I'm done anyway. Lexie was the only thing keeping me with this show, especially since Alex is getting no story anymore whatsoever, so I'm done. Goodbye Grey's, tanks for nothing.

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