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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Boss on Eliminating ‘Shock Death’ From the Show


Keeping it positive. While simultaneously running season 3 of Station 19 and season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy, Krista Vernoff took on two completely different methods.

“On Grey’s Anatomy, I did the opposite of what we did on Station 19. There had been so many tragic deaths for so many years on Grey’s Anatomy that I felt like the most surprising thing I could do, repeatedly, was to not kill someone,” Vernoff, 48, told Us Weekly exclusively.

The writer served as showrunner on Grey’s from 2007 to 2011, then came back on board in 2017; she also took over Station 19 for creator Stacy McKee for season 3. Although the spinoff killed off multiple characters during the season, Grey’s did not.

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Chris Carmack and Caterina Scorsone on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ ABC

“Time after time, no matter how many times I’ve done it, everyone, every time expects that the person who’s in danger or threatened in some way is going to die,” she explained to Us. “On [Grey’s Anatomy] everyone was so used to the shock death that they were always looking for shock death! So I felt like the more surprising thing was to bring the joy and turn up the humor and the playfulness that had, a little bit, fallen out of the show in the wake of Derek’s death. That is how I feel like Grey’s has changed a little since I came back — a lot of characters who might have been dead by now are still alive!”

Derek, portrayed by Patrick Dempsey, was killed in season 11 after a car accident — and was only one of the many heartbreaking deaths on the series.

Ellen Pompeo and Giacomo Gianniotti on Grey’s Anatomy. ABC

During the interview, the Shameless writer also hinted at the future for DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Although Vernoff hasn’t begun mapping out season 17, she has some ideas for the character’s arc.

“I think that people with mental health diagnoses participate as productive members of society all the time,” she told Us. “I don’t think that a mental health diagnosis prevents a person from being a surgeon as long as he’s willing to treat it. And that’s the big question mark.”

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‘My Body Was in Shock’


Opening up. Teen Mom OG’s Amber Portwood is aware of her mistakes — and is ready to move forward. In the new issue of Us Weekly, the reality star, 29, opens up exclusively about what happened between her and Andrew Glennon and the aftermath.

“I got into a really, really dark period for a couple of months,” she tells Us. “I lost about 35 pounds in less than three months. My hair was falling out. When I say I went into shock, I literally, my body went in shock. I didn’t sleep for almost two weeks. I had to get out of that state of mind.”

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Amber Portwood with her baby James and Andrew Glennon at their house on June 14, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. MEGA

Portwood was arrested in July 2019 for domestic battery against ex-boyfriend Glennon, 35. According to police, the pair were in an argument and she hit her boyfriend “while he was holding” their son, James, who is now 22 months old. Portwood also shares daughter Leah, 11, with ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley.

“It was definitely a deep depression that I went through,” she continues. “Through prison and everything I’ve been through, it was one of the worst times of my life, and when you go through something like that, you have to learn from your mistakes.”

In an exclusive first look at the season, the former 16 and Pregnant star gets emotional talking to Shirley, 33, about how angry she is with herself.

“The No. 1 regret that I have is that I did not walk out of the house that night. Now I look back and I’m so ashamed because all I keep thinking about is, ‘Amber, you should have walked out of the house,’” she reveals to her ex. “There are limits to somebody with mental health disorders. There’s only so much somebody like me can handle and people like me will understand that. … I just have a lot of guilt of not being aware of myself more than I should have.”

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Amber Portwood MTV

Later in the clip, the producers also call Glennon, 35, and tell him they want to share both sides of the story.

“It’s giving me anxiety, to be honest with you,” he says in the clip above. “It’s hard to go to sleep. It’s a total mess. It’s completely spiraled out of control, I feel like, and it’s really frustrating.”

For more from Portwood, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands Wednesday, March 11.

Teen Mom OG returns to MTV Tuesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. ET.

With reporting by Brody Brown



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