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Grey's Anatomy's Chyler Leigh Dishes On Dramatic Exit!

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GOOD! Because we need all the answers we can get!

After Lexie Grey died a horrible death under a crashed airplane — right after she and McSteamy planned their lives together full of marriage and babies — we were all left with a jaw on the floor and a new note on our to-do list: get more Kleenex!

Somehow Shonda Rhimes had done it again. Despite the increasing lack of enthusiasm over the last couple of seasons, she reeled us back in.


Chyler Leigh's exit was NOT expected. And c'mon! How can you put her and McSteamy back together like that, fantasizing about their lives together and how they're meant to be, AND THEN KILL HER MINUTES LATER!?!

Well. Here's Chyler's reasoning:

"Earlier this year, I made the decision that Season eight would be my last. 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 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."

Chyler. Gurl. You're killing us, here!

Sigh… Well we guess we wish the best for her. No, of course we do. Of course!

But srsly… this was one of the more excruciating season finales to date. And that's really sayin' something for that depressant delight of a show!

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6 comments to “Grey's Anatomy's Chyler Leigh Dishes On Dramatic Exit!”

  1. 1

    the news of Chyler's departure killed me, and although i know she had her reasons for leaving. it was sad to see her go. I just don't agree with Shonda's technique for character's departure. I mean denny, george, izzie, adele… they all suffered a mental disease or died. i think its too finite. thats why there was all that crap with denny's ghost when izzie got sick. killing lexie was a HUGE mistake i feel that for once one of the characters needed to leave on a good note.

  2. LittleMo says – reply to this


    People think it's silly and stupid to get so upset over a TV show but the idea was that peopel were played for fools and used by Shonda Rhimes just to keep viewers and keep GA on the air. I have only seen a fan base so completely blown off once before and it was fan base of a couple on a soap opera. Shonda Rhimes is a c__t. She strung the Mark/Lexie fans along for 3 YEARS with "wait, keep watching, it's coming. . ." etc., etc. etc and this is what the fans got. I remember reading an interview with Chyler earlier in the year when theer was rumblings about whether or not Ellen Pompeo was coming back and Chyler said if she became the "Grey" in "Grey'a Anatomy" she was fine with that. So now she's saying that she and SR have been planning this? I don't really believe that but if it is true and Chyler was a part of this whole thing then the only thing that changes for me is that now there are 2 c__ts instead of one.

  3. 3

    I used to be a huge Grey's Anatomy fan and this season I've barely watched it but I think this all sounds like a bunch of bs. Appropriate closure was killing the character off? How cruel! And with how they did it, with describing the injuries, with it coming right after she finally told Mark…there was nothing appropriate about it. It was a slap in the face to any fan who was hoping to see them together and actually seemed to take pleasure in doing it. Appropriate closure would have been Lexie deciding that Mark saying "I'll think about it" was a slap to her feelings and her deciding that she couldn't stay and watch him being with whateverhernameis and moved away to start fresh. That would have broken fans hearts but been much more natural and organic than a plane crash. And then in 2 seasons (if it lasts that long) when the show was ending, they could have Mark realize he let the love of his life get away and he could go find her and try to win her back. It would have been so much better. But no she did this. I just hope this is what it takes for people to see that Shonda is a talentless hack who got lucky with a cast with good chemistry and has squandered it away. The fact ABC keeps giving her shows actually shocks me. Ugh.

    This is why I HATE that Patrick signed on for two more seasons. *Sigh*

  4. J says – reply to this


    I don't care how many days I can not watch that episode without crying every time! I totally respect Chyler and wish her the best for the future because lets face it she is KICKASS! But come on ABC could you not have begged her and pleaded with her to stay? Mark and Lexie offered something refreshing to the show aside from the whole Merder and Cristina and Owen dramas. I fell in love with the pair of them and we were lead to believe something beautiful was coming..and then we got…that..killed off within about the first 12 minutes of the episode and then we didn't see her again? How is that fair!? She didn't get to say goodbye to Meredith - i mean come on they have connected over the seasons that finale just sucked! So if Shonda or whoever won't beg her to come back then we the fans will! We won't go without a fight and we will keep trying however we can! We're well on the way to 5000 signatures with people signing from all over the globe! I just hope they are ready to deal with the international backlash from this. If you're just as hurt as the rest of us slexie fans keep on signing and sharing! and Chyler please come back to us because you actually made the show worth watching!

  5. Lexiefan says – reply to this


    Keep signing and spreading the word! we want our Lexie back please come back to us Chyler!!!

  6. 6

    I too have been a Grey's fan since Season 1 and I'm incredibly disappointed by the deaths of Lexie and Mark Sloan. Slexie became the new Grey's couple to root for in the wake of MerDer finally getting their act together and I feel incredibly robbed that as a Slexie fan I didn't get to see the happy ending we were promised was coming. I was prepared to give Shondra the benefit of the doubt when budget cuts were cited as reasons for cutting Eric Dane but then we get FIVE new interns??!!! and you bring back Kepner??!!! Seriously?! C'mon!! Nothing against April or the new turds but given a choice of Eric Dane or these six I know who I would have chosen. Without Slexie I am struggling to watch the lifeless and dull season 9 episodes. Nobody's grieving for Mark and Lexie when I totally still am; what is that about?! Only way to fix is with an alternate universe episode where Lexie and mark are alive and married as part of Meredith's mourning or something. We Slexie fans need our happy ending and we need to see it on the screen not in our heads.