Shonda Rhimes Announces Private Practice Is Over: It's Truly 'Heartbreaking'

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The cast of 'Private Practice' Season 6 -- ABC
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The cast of 'Private Practice' Season 6 -- ABC

Bad news for "Private Practice" fans - the show is ending its six-year run.

"I'm sad to say that Private Practice's run will end after episode 613 this season," series creator Shonda Rhimes announced in a post on her personal website on Friday. "There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that 'Private Practice' was reaching its finish line.

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"Creatively, we are all extremely proud of the show and especially proud of this season -- which you will all soon discover is a creative renaissance," she continued. "I can't wait for you to see it."

After recently bringing a handful of her "Grey's Anatomy" characters to their end, Shonda was devastated about having to wrap the "Grey's" spinoff as well.

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"It's heartbreaking to end. Truly. I feel so lucky to write for these characters and tell these stories and I truly feel this show has taught me so much as a writer," she wrote. "And there's a family here, of crew and cast, people who have bonded over these past five and a half seasons. It's rare for a show to go for more than 100 episodes and we are incredibly proud to have been such a show. And we're grateful to all of you for spending time with us for an hour every week for the last 6 years. It's meant the world."

"Private Practice" got its start back in 2007, when "Grey's Anatomy" doc Addison Montgomery (played by Kate Walsh) left Seattle Grace Hospital to join Seaside Wellness, a private practice in Los Angeles.

-- Erin O'Sullivan

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