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Shonda Rhimes Speaks on Shocking Grey's Anatomy Death

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WARNING: Turn back now if you haven't seen the Grey's Anatomy season finale.

After the controversial and shocking death of a fan favorite, creator Shonda Rhimes is weighing in on the decision to bid that character farewell ... along with another doctor who also left town.

"Flight" rocked longtime fans of the ABC drama to the core, perhaps even more than past years. A beloved character meeting a gruesome, horrible and absolutely shocking death will do that.

"They're not really gone for good, are they?", more than a few fans likely asked.

But they are. Rhimes released a statement via Twitter after the episode, saying she's as sad as you are about what happened. Read it below, then comment with your take on her remarks:

Mark Breaking Down

WARNING. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET WATCHED THE SEASON 8 GREY'S ANATOMY FINALE, DO NOT READ THIS SUPER-LONG TWEET. Okay? Seriously. Last chance...

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

Sob. Hiccup. Sob.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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    I am so mad at Shonda Rhimes, she keeps killing off or taking out all of my favorite characters, first it was Berk, George then Izzy and now Lexie? I don't understand why she keeps killing off everyone and she is hurting her fans so much. I was so upset about Lexie dying she was one of my favorite characters and I liked her so much, she is Meredith younger sister, and Marks and Lexie should have gotten together they are perfect for each other and now Mark is going to be all depressed because he is going to miss her so much and it is just going to be painful to watch, and Shonda Rhimes said "They're still out there in the forest, and we don't know if they are going to be OK," she said. "We left it open for a reason because ... I hate to say this, but just because you saw people alive at the end of the finale doesn't mean they're going to be alive when the season starts up." What is this suppost to mean who else is going to die? If Derek dies then I will never watch the show again and if Read more tv spoilers at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2012/...

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    @mpourmpi Continues from the one below (read it first) The bittersweet was Mark Sloan stating his love to a dieing Lexie. She died with a smile. I consider that BITTERSWEET!!
    I also have to say HOW DARE YOU GET PISSED WITH SHONDA RHIMES. She has given us eight seasons of Greys Anatomy so far! You say you "don't hate Shonda Rhimes" but you hate the show??? Hmmmm, THE SHOW IS SHONDA RHIMES! Creator and all!! If you REALLY, and I mean REALLY need to be upset or angry at someone, should your not be upset with Chyler Leigh?? After all, she decided she did not want to return. SHE agreed with what Shonda Rhimes had planned out.
    Perhaps take a moment, calm yourslef, and REALLY take a moment and think! As Meredith Grey would say..... SERIOULSY!

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    @ mpourmpi Actually, I am a huge fan. Been watching the show since day one! There was NOTHING wrong with her last twitter update at all! She was just stating the truth! She was trying to manage a cast of 14 AND have story lines for all of them. Sadly contract negotiations came up, and CHYLER LEIGH (Lexie) chose NOT TO RENEW HER CONTRACT! That right there, STOPS all possible future story lines with that character. Shonda Rhimes did what she thought was necessary. WHY PROMISE A STORY LINE (Mark+Lexie)WHEN THE CHARACTER IS NOT EVEN GOING TO BE ON THE SHOW?!?!?!?!? LIKE, ANSER THAT DAMN QUESTION WHY DON'T YOU??? No Chyler Leigh, NO Lexie Grey! With NO GUARANTEE that Chyler Leigh would return to the role... why not kill her off?? It actually makes sense (if you choose to think about it). Chyler Leigh agreed to the story line (Lexie death) and so they did it! They ended her character. We go to see the bittersweet reunion of this couple, that Shonda Rhimes promised. The bittersweet was Mark Sloan stating his love to a dieing Lexie. She died with a smile. I consider that BITTERSWEET!! I also have to say HOW DARE YOU GET PISSED WITH SHONDA RHIMES. She has given us eight seasons of Greys Anatomy so far! You say you "don't hate Shonda Rhimes" but you hate the show??? Hmmmm, THE SHOW IS SHONDA RHIMES! Creator and all!! If you REALLY, and I mean REALLY need to be upset or angry at someone, should your not be upset with Chyler Leigh?? After all, she decided she did not want to return. SHE agreed with what Shonda Rhimes had planned out. Perhaps take a moment, calm yourslef, and REALLY take a moment and think! As Meredith Grey would say..... SERIOULSY!

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    @The Bott
    And u are a fan????Respect for the actress????Are u serius?????SHONDA RESPECTED US AND LEXIES CHARACTER???Did u see Sjoinda s last twitter??????Because if she gets to talk like this to thefans that suported her all this years and just because they are disapointed and angry i sertantly do not respect her!!!!Seriusly ou don't get to talk like this to your fans right now!!!!she gave us a character that we loved and a great love in the show and she keept all those promises about Lexie+Mark and she killed her in the end!!!excuseme but WE GET TO BE MAD AND DISAPOINTED and i never said that i hate shonda,i just hate this show because the endings became pathetic with all thise deaths!!!But after i saw her twitter i was realy mad!!!!SERIUSLY????talk like this to people that suported u 8 seasons jst because they are devastated and disapointed and they get to be mad to because of all these promises that were false ????Were the hel did she respected all the fans????and were the hell she respected Lexies character??all this year she respected Lexies charaxter????U grow up and start thinking that Because they are famus they don't get to talk whatever they like because they are famus because of u and the rest of the fans!!!!

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    @ MittelMo
    @ mpourmpi
    @ all the other Shonda Rhimes haters out there! YOU ARE ALL PATHETIC AND NEED TO GROW UP RIGHT NOW! A PETITION?? SERIOUSLY! WHAT ARE THEY GONNA DO...... HAVE LEXIE COME TO LIFE?? OH WAIT! MAYBE SHE WILL BECOME THE SHE-HALK OR SOMETHING, AND LIFT THE PIECE OF THE PLANE OFF HER?? THIS IS SAD. CHYLER LEIGH (who plays Lexie) WANTED AGREED TO BE KILLED OFF, AND WANTED TO LEAVE! WHERE THE HELL IS THE RESPECT FOR THE ACTRESS? GROW UP!!!

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    I'm less mad now. Lexie was killed off because Chyler Leigh wanted to leave the show and Owen fired Teddy because Kim Raver's contract was up and she didn't sign on either. I'm still mad about them being stuck in the woods and dying but I'm sure it'll come beautifully. House of Candles, you know? Shonda Rhimes gave us the House of Candles and that's enough to keep my optimism. I do agree though that there's a chance this show will decline in quality. I want this show to end in a high note so I hope the good stuff keeps coming or no one will be surprised when it ends when it does reach the end.

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    I can't believe you killed Lexie off just when she and Mark were heading back to each other. Please re-consider and have her cloned or not really dead, just in a coma or something. I cried for hours after the last episode!!!! Have a miracle happen that she starts breathing again and no-one notices. I love her witt and shyness!!!!

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    NO! G*ddammit, no! You can't just f*cking write an epic love story that spans five seasons and then just KILL ONE OF THEM RIGHT BEFORE THEY GET TOGETHER FOR GOOD! I love Shonda Rhimes for giving me Lexie, and I hate her even more for killing her off and ruining this beautiful show.

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    You haven't recovered from George's death? That was YEARS ago. Come on. Get real people.

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    A petition??? Really???? You think she just wakes up? Maybe the other 5 surgeons didn't notice she was alive? Zombie Lexie??? It's over. She's gone. Dunzo. Get over it.