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Ellen Pompeo Shares Her Opinion on the Ending of Karev's Storyline on 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo has written a letter to fans following a pivotal episode of her show Grey’s Anatomy, which included the farewell of original cast member Justin Chambers‘ character Alex Karev.

In the episode, we found out that Alex will not be returning to his wife Jo and he has instead reunited with his ex-wife Izzie (played by Katherine Heigl), who secretly gave birth to their twins a decade ago.

The reaction from fans to this conclusion to Karev’s storyline has been very mixed, with some hardcore fans very upset by what happened. 50% of our readers voted in our poll that they would’ve ended things differently.

“Hi here I go again … Thank YOU! You are truly the best most passionate most loyal fans anyone could ever ask for. Because of you we got to make great tv… because of you we got to make television history!” Ellen wrote on Instagram. “I say often life is hard and thank God it is because like I tell my kids… it shows us what we are made …of how strong we really are and let’s face it… without the lows there would be no dancing it out or celebrating this incredible experience we call life.”

“Thanks to our national treasure @therealdebbieallen and the writers for giving Alex Karev the best send off. Thanks to @shondarhimes for creating the most amazing character. For me personally for Karev to go back to the beginning…. was the best possible storyline,” Ellen said.

She added, “It pays homage to those incredible first years and the incredible cast …that created a foundation so strong that the show is still standing. So let’s not be sad. As our fearless leader DA always says let’s PULL UP and celebrate the actors the writers and the fantastic crew who make this show come to life every week. No matter what the challenge or how tired we all are in the end… you keep us going…..That is worth dancing it out over! So much love and gratitude to you all. Xo E.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of the conclusion of Alex Karev’s storyline?

'Grey's Anatomy' Reveals Fate of Justin Chambers' Alex & We're Shook (Spoilers)

We’ve known for a while now that Justin Chambers‘ character Alex Karev would not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy, but we only just found out the fate of the character and we’re completely shook.

Justin‘s final appearance on the show was in November 2019, but he made a voice cameo in the March 5 episode titled “Leave a Light On” to wrap up his storyline.

Back in that November episode, Alex returned home to Iowa to take care of his mom, leaving his wife Jo (Camilla Luddington) behind in Seattle.

Click inside to find out the shocking spoilers revealed in the new episode… More Here! »

'Grey's Anatomy' Will Send Off Justin Chambers' Alex Karev in This Episode

As we continue crying over Justin Chambers no longer being on Grey’s Anatomy, we now know how his character, Alex Karev, will officially be sent off.

The 49-year-old actor’s last on-screen appearance in the series was in November 2019 – before Alex returned home to take care of his mom – but he will receive his official exit moment during the March 5 episode.

A trailer for the episode, called “Leave A Light On,” features an emotional flashback through Justin‘s 16 seasons.

“We’re saying goodbye to Dr. Alex Karev,” the title cards read. “See how his story ends.”

“We’re episode by episode, illuminating the story of where Alex is,” showrunner Krista Vernoff has said. “It’s a bit of a mystery [what’s going on with Alex]. We don’t watch Jo in the same place that we watched her in last season. We did it as carefully as we could. But it takes a while to get there.”

Watch the trailer now.

Hear what Justin Chambers had to say about his departure here, and what star Ellen Pompeo had to say here.


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Beanie Feldstein Joins 'Grey's Anatomy' - First Look Revealed!

Booksmart‘s Beanie Feldstein has joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy as a new intern at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

In a clip, released by the ABC show, Beanie’s character is seen working closely with Dr. Richard Webber, who is practicing a Laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

“I just don’t get it. Those residents, they work their butts off, they go into a mountain of debt all for a chance at the greatest job on the planet and they treat it like it’s retail,” Beanie‘s character tells him, before Richard steps aside and lets her practice.

Catch Beanie on tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy!

Katherine Heigl Debuts New Look & 'Grey's Anatomy' Co-Star Ellen Pompeo Shares Her Thoughts!

Katherine Heigl debuted a brand new look on her Instagram account!

The actress posted a photo of her new hair, which is short and brunette.

In addition, fans are loving that Katherine‘s former Grey’s Anatomy co-star Ellen Pompeo commented on the photo. You can see what she wrote in response to Katherine‘s post in the gallery!

Katherine starred on Grey’s Anatomy for several seasons, but officially hasn’t appeared since 2010. Ellen is still starring on the show. In early seasons, Katherine and Ellen had numerous scenes together in their roles as Izzy and Meredith.

Katherine made a different change to her hair just a few months ago!

Check out the photos Katherine posted, and see what Ellen wrote…

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'Grey's Anatomy' Showrunner Talks About Handling Alex's Departure With 'Caution' & Will Give the Audience 'Clarity'

While Grey’s Anatomy fans are still shocked about Justin Chambers‘ sudden exit of the show, showrunner Krista Vernoff has revealed that clarity about Alex’s depature will be explained.

In an interview with Variety, the showrunner revealed that coming to a resolution about the exit is like “a very careful threading of a needle, where we are giving a little bit of information and pain to Jo.”

“We’re, episode by episode, illuminating the story of where Alex is. And it takes us quite a few more episodes to get there and to give the audience clarity,” she added.

Krista also Alex’s exit will be handled with caution because of Jo’s previous storyline.

“Jo went through so much pain and so much grief just last season that I wanted to be careful,” she said. “And so it’s a bit of a mystery [what’s going on with Alex], so that we don’t watch Jo in the same place that we watched her last season. We did it as carefully as we could. But it takes a while to get there.”

Alex was last seen in a November 2019 episode, during which he left town to take care of his mother. Jo hinted at his permanent departure in last week’s episode.

See what Justin shared about his departure from the long-running series.

'Grey's Anatomy' Reveals Hints on Why Justin Chambers' Alex Is Not Coming Back to Seattle (Spoilers)

Justin Chambers left Grey’s Anatomy after the show’s 350th episode and now the ABC series is finally dropping hints as to what will happen to his character Alex Karev.

It was revealed in early January that Justin had exited the hit series after 15 years and his final episode aired in November.

Alex flew to Iowa to care for his sick mom in Justin‘s final episode and in the episodes since, he has been involved in the storyline by texting with his wife Jo, played by Camilla Luddington.

In the episode that aired on Thursday (February 13), Caterina Scorsone‘s Amelia reached out to Jo to find out if she is going through something.

Click inside to find out what Jo revealed about Alex… More Here! »

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