Grey's Anatomy Finale Shocker: Shonda Rhimes Confirms Two Stars Are "Definitely" Gone for Good

Who is leaving the cast and why? Find out!

By Kristin Dos Santos May 18, 2012 5:00 AMTags
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Did you know it's really hard to type when you are ugly crying?

Grey's Anatomy's season finale rocked fans to the core tonight, as a certain fan favorite met a gruesome, horrible and shocking death. And another doctor said farewell. Read on only if you've seen the finale.

So are these two stars really gone for good? And why? I'll be chatting with Grey's boss Shonda Rhimes exclusively tomorrow morning to get more answers [check back!], but for now, she has released this statement via Twitter:


"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 Eight. We are, as always, grateful that you joined us for the ride."

Sob. Hiccup. Sob.

That's really all we can say.

If you want more details on what happened in tonight's Grey's Anatomy finale, read our Redux.

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