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Two weeks after the deadly Grey’s Anatomy season finale, coupled with silence from Chyler Leigh, who played Lexie Grey, Leigh finally talks about her departure from the ABC show.
Lexie Grey was killed off in a fatal plane crash in the Season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy.
“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,” Leigh told TV Line.
Leigh was added to the cast during Season 4, after a brief appearance in the Season 3 finale. She was missing from the beginning of the eighth season after the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, granted Leigh an extended hiatus from the show for family time.
Right after the finale, Rhimes took to Twitter to talk about Lexie Grey’s death.
“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,” Rhimes said.
Despite being killed off, Leigh is still appreciative of the show and her time on it, saying “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.”
Along with Leigh, Kim Raver’s Teddy Altman also left the show at the end of the season.
When talking about the upcoming season, Rhimes does not promise that everyone is safe. She tells TV Guide, “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.”