FANS of Grey's Anatomy were left shocked when season 17 returned and saw much loved character Andrew DeLuca suddenly killed off.
Viewers now want to know why actor Giacomo Gianniotti decided to leave the hit ABC medical drama.
Why did Andrew DeLuca actor Giacomo Gianniotti leave Grey's Anatomy?
The return of Grey's Anatomy season 17 saw DeLuca rushed into emergency surgery led by Owen and Teddy after he was stabbed.
Sadly, he later developed DIC, disseminated intravascular coagulation and died in the operating room.
Actor Giacomo Gianniotti has not revealed why he quit Grey's Anatomy after joining the show in 2015.
However, showrunner Krisa Vernoff has shed some light into why she decided to kill off DeLuca this season.
Speaking to Deadline, she said: "t was one of the first creative imaginings that I had as I imagined what this season would be.
"It’s like I’ve said before. Like, the stories tell themselves.
"I just try to write them down as fast as I can, and this story told itself to me as I was walking on the beach imagining the season, and I was like, 'oh, no, really?!'
"But it felt powerful and important, and I don’t always know why, but that was the story that came."
How many episodes are there in Grey's Anatomy season 17?
Due to the pandemic and filming restrictions, there are only 16 episodes in this series.
Since the show kicked off in 2005, there has been at least over 20 episodes, so this series is the shortest one in history.
Season 17 kicked off in November 2020, before going on a break after six episodes.
When is Grey's Anatomy season 17 next on TV?
The next episode is on Thursday March 18, 2021 on ABC at 8pm ET.
This will be the eighth episode and it's called It's All Too Much.
In the UK the show will return on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 on Sky Witness.
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