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

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.

“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.

“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.”

VOTE: Will you miss “Private Practice”?

“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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