Shonda Rhimes Speaks out About Jerrika Hinton's Exit From 'Grey's Anatomy'

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Spoilers ahead!

Thursday night's season finale of Grey's Anatomy was, naturally, an emotional one, and one of the night's moving moments came when Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton) decided to pack her bags and say goodbye to Grey Sloan Memorial.

Rhimes used Twitter to share her thoughts on Hinton's departure, writing that the actress had decided to head on a new creative adventure.

"Actors evolve differently and when an actor like Jerrika comes to me and says she wants to try something new creatively, I like to honor that," the showrunner wrote.

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"Jerrika has shared so much of herself with Stephanie and I am incredibly proud of the journey we've taken together. While I'm sad to see Stephanie leave Grey Sloan Hospital, I am excited to see what's next for Jerrika," Rhimes continued.

During the episode, Stephanie survived the explosion that sent the hospital scrambling, saving a young girl's leg and suffering severe burns. After the chaos, she decided to quit her position as a surgical resident.

“I spent my whole life in hospitals, my whole life. I need to travel and hike and breathe,” Stephanie told her mentor, Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) of her decision to leave. “I want to breathe it all in, away from the monitors and the blood and the sterile counts and away from saving other people’s lives — I want my own. This time, I live my own."

Will you be sad to see Hinton go?

Photo Credit: Twitter / @tracyskillz

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