Shonda Rhimes: Derek Loves Meredith!

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After Shonda Rhimes and TV Guide's Michael Ausiello exchanged words about the critic's review of Private Practice, the producer of both shows gave him some hot scoop concerning the Grey's Anatomy embattled supercouple.

If you don't mind Grey's Anatomy spoilers, follow the jump to read her comments on Meredith and Derek, as well as another couple we know ...

"I want to be clear that Derek loves Meredith," Shonda Rhimes said, as if to put the debate over Lexie Grey to rest once and for all. "Derek loves Meredith more than anything. I can't imagine Derek going anyplace else other than Meredith."

And as if to butter up the TV Guide sleuth even more, the Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer handed him the biggest gift a Grey's Anatomy fan could ask for (at least in his opinion): a death certificate with O'Mizzie's name.

Oh, O'Mizzie

"A lot of people aren't sold on Izzie and George," Rhimes acknowledged. "I think the mistake that everyone makes is that we are telling you Izzie and George are the love story of the century; they're not the love story of the century. When other people find out about Izzie and George ... remember, people don't know about them yet â€" other people might think that's not a good idea either."

Lastly, on the red carpet, James Pickens Jr. teased that there will be some drama surrounding Richard's living situation (i.e., you won't believe who's moving in next door)! Interesting! Comments?

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Please tell me this means NO MORE GEORGE AND IZZIE! I cannot stand it, it makes them both so depressed. I don't think George has smiled since they slept together, I miss the old George. And how can I support someone who intentionally goes after another woman's husband, I used to like Izzie but she has alot of ground to make up with me. Happy for Derek and Meredith, just hope Derek will stop acting like a dad to her and go back to the way he used to be. Is it just me or did everyone seem extremely depressed last season, hopefully this one will be funnier! Love Alex and Christina, hopefully they will have some good story lines.


Well, I am a 36-year old huge George and Izzie fans. I actually think it is totally possible to be in love with two people at the same time, and I think it was the case with Izzie. Denny was the tragic Romeo and Juliet story. He was deathly sick and really a prince of a guy and compared to Alex, who is a total ass, he seemed like the perfect guy, so of course she fell for him. But she never really knew him, which she pointed out when he asked her to marry him. Would they have lasted if he had lived? I am not that sure. Even when Denny was alive, she had a tendency to obsess with everything George-related. In fact, she had three words coming out of her mouth back then: Denny, George and Callie. I remember an entire conversation with Denny she spend talking about George, how bad Meredith had hurt ehr George, and how her George had changed and was not the same and how Callie was taking George away from her. Denny had the most peculiar expression on his face when she kept talking about George. And then there was the awful fight they had in front of the divorce lawyer and her telling Gorge that only people who loved each other fighted like that. The emotional love and connection was there way back then. The missing George, the wanting him near her, all that started when Denny was alive. And I am talking about personal experience here. I had a boyfriend I loved very very much, and he died. I had a best friend that meant the entire world to me, like george did to izzie, and though I loved my boyfriend a lot, I can tell you I always had problems with every woman my best friend dated (sounding familiar?). When Michel died, my boyfriend, I was a mess and my friend Simon helped me through it. He helped me survive, and it took me a little time to realize it, but I had fallen for him and truth is, maybe I had always been a bit in love with him. We are now together and very happy. That does not mean I didn't love Michel. I loved both. And I believe Izzie has always been a little bit in love with George. Noone can make her smile like he does and she has never looked at anyone like she looks at him, Denny included. Also you would love to know that shrinks say that someone who has really been in love and lost someone can fall in love very deeply again and it usually happen in the year following their partner's death. It happened with me and with my grand-mother. She fell in love deeply two times. BTW, my grand-mother, aged 89, is also a big George and Izzie fan. So before speaking, check out your facts and don't make generalizations about a group of fans.


I cannot speak for the other Gizzie fans, but I know that I want Shonda to follow her vision and to give us the original story and not to change all her plans to please the haters. I would feel that way even if I hated Gizzie because if she starts changing her stories every single time there is some backlashm, the haters will come to control the show. They will do this every single time she writes a story they can't understand or like and it will soon be a free-for-all. I have a very good friend who is a writer and who doesn,t watch the show, but when I told him about this, he said the gravest mistake a writer could make was to compromise her vision and integrity to please a group of fans. As for the Gizzie fans being younger, have you read some of the Alex and Izzie fans posts? They are all Alex and Izzie are HAWTT, I hope we get to see them have sex all the time. George is ugly. Ewww, my eyes, I want to vomit. That does not sound too mature to me. I have seen some Gizzie haters threaten to hurt Gizzie fans if they ever met them and some say they should die. I have heard some george and Callie fans say they would beat Katherine Heigl and TR Knight tod etah if they met them in real life. But yes, they are the mature one. Both my parents in their 50s, four of my dad's adult students, my grand-mother, who is 80, my girlfriend who is 32 and myself, age 33, love George and Izzie. The only person I know offline who doesn,t love them is my 16-year old cousin. Someone posted the ages of the George and Izzie fans on one of their fansites and many were in their late 20-s and thirties. And the George and Izzie fans I know are the most mature, smart people I know. They recognize george and Izzie's flaws and the fact they are in the wrong here. They hate the affair, but they believe that an unhappy marriage is worse than following your heart and being with the person you love. The Gizzie fans are not the ones who constantly bash other fans and call them all kind of names or that goes into the George and Izzie FAN videos on Youtube to post nah, nah, nah, they are over or call their fans a group of idiots. So tell me who is immature in the two?


If you watched the finale you already know that Derek loves Meredith. Meredith is the problem. PUH-LEEZE Shonda PLEASE let MerDer be HAPPY! It's why we all started watching this show. I'm hoping that the Christina/Burke situation will make Meredith realize how very lucky she is.




so you're saying that Shonda should choose to please the 50% of the fanbase where you belong to:) funny.
but actually I think the younger audience is the one who likes gizzie and the older audience (in their 20s and 30s) are against's simply because the younger audience prefers drama and romeo and juliet style romance which is completely fine but they also often disregard the importance of credibility. personally i had to close my eyes when they showed izzie and george kissing, i loved, absolutely loved their friendship and ruining that was unforgivable for me. HOWEVER, from an objective point of view, gizzie should have NEVER happened because of how shonda portrayed the story of denny and izzie. it is just IMPOSSIBLE to be so in love with one person at one moment and crazy in love with another the that case Derek could also change his mind all of sudden and realise he actually is hopelessly in love with about that?


Hopefully Gizzie is over!!!yay…i must admit i tuned out when they destroyed the most beautiful and sincere friendship on primetime television, especially because it was just not credible at all after everything that happened with denny and izzie..they should have stuck to platonic friendship kind of love like they have in real life (i heard somewhere that they were really good friends)..anyway, if shonda does decide to repair their friendship and erase the soapy drama, i might tune in again…but im still disappointed that burke is gone..he was such an asset to the show.


Ooh, this is one of my favorite George and Izzie photos. They look so angsty and sad and conflicted. That scene showed just how in love those two are, heartbreaking! And George looked so damn hot in that episode, swoons! George and Izzie are cute, funny, heartbreaking and just plain sizzling, they are the best thing to ever happen on this show. So Shonda, don't you dare end them!


Yeah, especially since a lot of people are sold on George and Izzie. I'd say half the people love them and the other half hate them. So you drop a couple to please half the fanbase and you end up angering the other half of the fanbase, very bright! I know if George and Izzie ends, I am done with this show forever. I am completely and totally in love with them. And seriously Shonda, show some guts and don't be a coward, follow your vision where those two are concerned and don't change the story just because some people don't like it. Many of us do very very much.


Okay first off, I'm so glad that Derek isn't going to go off and sleep with Meredith's sister. That is one of the only things that would turn me off this next season. The only other thing is if George and Izzie DON'T happen. These two make the show for me. I've been wanting it to happen since season one and just because a lot of people aren't sold on it, doesn't mean she should change the plan.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.