May 18th, 2012
09:32 AM ET
[The following post contains spoilers for the May 17 episode of "Grey's Anatomy."]
No, Shonda Rhimes, say it ain’t so!
Right on the heels of reports that "Grey's Anatomy" stars Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr. are all expected to return next season came Thursday's heartbreaking season 8 finale.
If you're still waiting to watch the latest episode of "Grey's" and don't want to know what happened, we advise against reading any further.
Last night, series creator Shonda Rhimes decided to write off two characters from her hit medical drama. Chyler Leigh's character Lexie fell victim to a plane crash, and Kim Raver's Teddy was fired.
Rhimes knew her rabidly loyal audience might take it hard, so she tweeted a warning earlier on Thursday, and then released an emotional extended statement following the West coast broadcast.
The writer/producer admitted she did not enjoy writing the fateful episode, and that writing off her beloved characters made her “sick” and “sad.”
"Okay,” she started, “Callie said it best tonight: Life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime."
“This finale was incredibly hard to write,” she continued. “I did not enjoy it. ... 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).”
She also wished the actors well in real life.
“I know this season’s finale had some surprises for viewers, and the exit of Kim Raver was one of the big ones,” Rhimes went on.
“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,” she said. “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.”
And as far as Leigh's Lexie, Rhimes said no love has been lost.
"She was an important member of my 'Grey's' family," Rhimes said. "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."
Raver returned the Twitter love.
"I've had one of the best times of my creative career working on 'Grey's' with Shonda, Betsy and the best cast on Television," the actress said. "I feel fortunate and grateful to have worked with such an amazing team at GA. i am going to miss everyone!! And to the GA fans, you guys rock! I am sure S9 will be great!"
Season 9 will begin airing this fall.
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