Fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” were ticked over how the show managed celebrity Justin Chambers’ exit after his character Alex Karev made his final (off-camera) look on the show this week. Star Ellen Pompeo, however, thought it was”the best send off.”
Chambers announced in January that he was leaving the show in the middle of the current 16past season — months after his last physical look aired back in November. For his final episode, voiceovers were only provided by Chambers as Bailey Jo and Meredith read goodbye letters he wrote for each of these. The episode ended with him leaving his wife and reuniting with Katherine Heigl’s Izzie, after learning she had given birth to twins using her and Alex’s frozen embryos.
“Hi here I go again … Thank YOU! You are truly the best most passionate fans anyone could ever ask for. Because of you we must make great tv… because of you we must make television history,” she captioned a video montage of both Meredith and Karev together.
“I say frequently life is tough and thank God it is because like I tell my kids… it shows us what we’re made. . .of how powerful we really are and let’s face it… with no lows there will be no dancing it out or celebrating this unbelievable adventure we call life,” she continued. “Thanks to our national treasure @therealdebbieallen as well as the authors for providing Alex Karev the best send off. As a result of @shondarhimes for producing the most amazing character.”
“For me personally for Karev to return to the start…. Was the best possible storyline,” she added. “It pays homage to those incredible first years and the incredible cast. . .that produced a foundation that the series is still standing. Let’s not be sad. As our fearless leader DA consistently says let’s PULL UP and observe the celebrities the authors and the wonderful team who make this show come to life every week”
She closed out her post stating that”No matter what the challenge or how tired we all are in the end… you keep us going….That is well worth dance out it over! So much gratitude and love to you .”
Her comments on the article were flooded with crying emojis or lovers once more criticizing how his departure was handled.
“There is no fantastic time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my entire life for the past 15 years,” Chambers said when he announced he was leaving the show. “For a while now, howeverI have expected to enhance my acting roles and career options. And, as I flip 50 and’m blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time.”
“As I proceed from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of the wonderful cast and crew, both present and past, and, clearly, the fans for an outstanding ride,” he added.
“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays on ABC.