After the tragic season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy where Lexie’s character died, here is another bad news. Altman will also not be part of season 9.
Here is the message of Shonda Rhimes:
Okay Callie said it best tonight. Life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime.
This finale was increadibly 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 if 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; everyine is going to miss her terribly. I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in 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 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 Eight. We are, as always, grateful that you joined us for the ride.
What do you think about Lexie and Teddy leaving the show?
You can check Grey’s Anatomy season 9 news and spoilers HERE.