Chyler Leigh Issues Statement on Grey's Anatomy Exit

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According to TV Fanatics, it was the most heartbreaking season finale death of them all. By far.

And now Chyler Leigh has spoken out for the first time about her emotional exit, which took place on the Grey's Anatomy Season 8 finale and still has fans reeling.

Meant to Be

"Earlier this year, I made the decision that season eight would be my last on Grey's Anatomy," the actress said in a statement released to multiple media outlets.

"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."

Leigh's words echo those of Rhimes, who Tweeted not long after the finale aired:

"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."

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I think Shonda should bring them back in a couple of episodes of season 9 , as them in Heaven or something. And it will show him married to her & they have kids . I think that would be amazing thing to do , because I'm sad & crying . They were so cute ! An Amazing Couple. That Was True love . I'm so sad . But at least bring them back , & show them in Heaven 😭😭


Finally, Lexie is out of the show. She should never have appeared. She added nothing to the story, and was not a good actress.


What's wrong with you people? I thought it was pretty clear she was done for, she lost her storyline just like George did. It wasn't a scramble at the last minute to get rid of her, either. It was clear they were working towards it. I don't like the way she died, and it seemed early in the episode, but oh well. She was a favorite of mine, they killed her. But if they pull coma crap, then the show goes to crap. Although there are a lot of medical fallicies, this would be the biggest one if she slipped into a coma. Just saying. Get over it, she's gone. Bring on season 9 and let me cry some more.


I think christina should leave not lexy nor altman! i love them, bring back lexyy! I dont think i will watch that tv series anymore if lexi not playin


I agree with Eva, we should respect Chyler deciosion to be out of the show, but as I said... she should have spent more time with Mark, when they love each other.
Maybe 2 or 3 episodes together, then they could die together, or maybe just her. I don't know... what it makes me much more sad it is the love that they both couldn't live together :(
And I really love her...


I agree with most of people here. Shonda should bring Lexie back somehow, she should just spend a little time as Mark's wife, girlfriend or whatever, and just be happy a little bit with him. They deserve it, they love each other and they have been through a heart pain for a while, although they always love each other. I don't know, it has to happen something, just for a while, not just a tragic Death for her and Mark be alone. He loves her... I love them together... their hearts beats faster when they see each other... it is one of the most beautiful couple. I've been waiting a while to see them together again... it is NOT fair! :(


I didn't read all the comments, but just last ones... What is wrong with you folk?
If Chyler wants to go, than let her go! You can't make her stay if she decided that she'll spend more time with her family. (Yes, she decided, Shonda didn't fire her (if I heard right))
And no, I am not saying this because I didn't like Lexie, because I loved her, she was one of my favourite characters (if not favourite) in GA & her and Mark were definetely most adorable & awesome couple, and I was really sad when I found out that she won't be in show any more (I would be really happy if she didn't die, and they just pulled us - but just if this is what she wants, not because of some public pressure or something (it would be seen in her playing, and it's just not cool. :P)). But anyway I respect her wishes and if she wants to go than she can go in peace. I'm sure she'll be in great memory of every GA fan. (: PS: Sorry for grammar mistakes (not a native english speaker). :)


I totally agree! April needs to go, but.... Lexi needs to stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They should rethink their decision and make it so shes in, like, a coma or something. Besides Mark being sad was sooooo heartbreaking to the viewers!


It seems that the best way to know if a character is about to be killed off is by how much they've been ruined in the previous episodes. George didn't have a storyline for season 5. Izzie was turned into a bitch and Lexie didn't even have a storyline this season.


CONTINOUING ON WITH MY LAST COMMENT ... that brought that cute funny to the show PLEASE TRY AND DO SOMETHING JUST THINK ABOUT IT LEXIE CANT REALLY BE GONE look at prison break they killed off sarah in season 3 and the fans wanted her so bad they found a way for her to be in season 4 we want lexie back!!!!

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