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Shonda Rhimes admits she kills characters for her own personal gain

Christina Marfice


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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Did Shonda Rhimes just admit to killing off Derek Shepherd because she didn't like Patrick Dempsey?

We can’t say we never wondered.

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In a new interview, Shonda Rhimes admitted what we pretty much already knew: She’s guilty of killing off characters on her shows because she didn’t like their actors.

The tongue-in-cheek admission came during a sit-down with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show.

"Have you ever killed off a character because you didn't like the actor? And extra bonus points, who was it? Don't even think about lying," Wilmore asked Rhimes, who is responsible for breaking our hearts with the untimely deaths of characters on Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and other hit shows.

Unfortunately, Rhimes was only willing to answer half the question.

"Yes, and I'm not naming names,” she coyly responded.

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All right, Rhimes. Leave it up to your fans to infer what we will. We have a list of names that we’re willing to speculate might be on Rhimes’ shit list, and their characters definitely suffered for it.

Patrick Dempsey comes immediately to mind, as the death of McDreamy on Grey’s may have been the actual most heartrending thing ever to happen on TV. But Dempsey and Rhimes have been pretty open about his motivations for leaving the show — according to Dempsey, it was just time to move on to other projects.

So how about Columbus Short, whose Scandal character was recently axed? Probably not, since Short openly admitted that his drug addictions were a major contributor to his leaving the show.

Still, Rhimes has given us plenty of other names to wonder about: Mark Sloane, Denny Duquette, George O’Malley and Lexie Grey, played by Eric Dane, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, T.R. Knight and Chyler Leigh, respectively, on Grey’s alone. Then there’s Dylan Minnette’s Jerry Grant on Scandal, or Chris Lowell’s Dell Parker on Private Practice. With a kill-happy showrunner like Rhimes, the possibilities are practically endless.

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Who do you think Rhimes killed off to get rid of an actor? Let us know down in the comments.

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