Krista Vernoff, the showrunner and executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy, is speaking out after the show said goodbye to Justin Chambers‘ beloved character Alex Karev.
While we’ve known for months that Justin has left the show, it wasn’t until the March 5 episode that Alex’s exit was finally addressed.
Alex left Seattle in Justin‘s final on-air appearance back in November and in the latest episode, he wrote letters to some characters, including his wife Jo, saying that he has reunited with his ex-wife Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and found out that she secretly gave birth to his twins a decade ago.
“It is nearly impossible to say goodbye to Alex Karev,” Krista said in a statement. “That is as true for me and for all of the writers at Grey’s Anatomy as it is for the fans. We have loved writing Alex. And we have loved watching Justin Chambers’ nuanced portrayal of him. For 16 seasons, 16 years, we have grown up alongside Alex Karev. We have been frustrated by his limitations and we have been inspired by his growth and we have come to love him deeply and to think of him as one of our very best friends. We will miss him terribly. And we will always be grateful for his impact, on our show, on our hearts, on our fans, on the world.”
Fans are mixed on what the Grey’s writers did to end Alex’s storyline and Krista did not address this in her statement.
Ellen Pompeo, the longtime star of the series, has spoken out with her thoughts on the character’s farewell.
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