Grey's Anatomy's Chyler Leigh Finally Speaks About Her Heartbreaking Exit

See what the former ABC star says about her decision to leave

By Jenna Mullins Jun 01, 2012 11:42 PMTags
Chyler Leigh, Eric Dane, Grey's AnatomyKaren Neal/ABC

Everyone has seen the Grey's Anatomy finale, right? Good. Because Chyler Leigh (finally) has something to say about Lexie's tragic death.

Since the finale aired last month, Leigh has remained mum on her character's exit from Grey's, so our only closure was what executive producer Shonda Rhimes told us about the deaths. 

Until today! Leigh has broken her silence with a statement issued to E! News, and here is what she has to say:

You might still be crying over Lexie's untimely death, but let Leigh's words to fans help ease the suffering:

"Earlier this year, I made the decision that season eight would be my last on Grey's Anatomy. 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."

After the finale aired and the screen faded to black, Shonda took to Twitter to confirm that both Lexie and Teddy would not be returning next season.

"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)."

She continued:

"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."

Feel better, Lexie fans? Or will no kind words from Chyler close the wounds caused by her heartwrenching death in the finale?