During a recent interview with Us Weekly, Chyler Leigh confessed that it was her decision to leave “Grey’s Anatomy”. The actress spent the last months discussing with Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes in order to find the most appropriate way to remove Lexie from the show.
Chyler Leigh decided that it was time to part ways with the rest of “Grey’s Anatomy” cast because she wanted to focus on other aspects of her career. Shonda Rhimes didn’t know how to eliminate Lexie from the show, so she discussed the subject with Leigh. They have decided together that the best way to get Lexie out of the series is to make her disappear in a plane crash during the final episode of season eight.
Leigh told reporters that she had taken the decision to leave the serial at the end of the eighth season a long time ago. The creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” was very cooperative and allowed Leigh to have a say in the character’s last episode.
The media wanted to find out more about the actress’ future plans, but Chyler kept mum. Nevertheless, she insisted on thanking all her fans for the support they have shown during these five years she has worked as a member of Grey’s cast. She further added that she felt great during all this time and playing Lexie’s character has been a very fruitful experience. She concluded by saying that she hopes fans will continue to support her during her future career plans.
Rhimes spoke about Leigh’s departure from the show on her Twitter account, on May 17. She told followers that “killing” Lexie was one of the toughest decisions she had to make so far. Luckily, Chyler has given her a helping hand and, in the end, Rhimes made the right choice. Based on her declarations, Rhimes and Leigh discussed whether Lexie should stay on the show or not and they both agreed that it was time for the character’s story to come to an end.