Shonda Rhimes killed a character because she didn't like the actor -- who could it be?

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Shonda Rhimes knows how to keep her audience on the edge of their seat, and how to kill off characters in the most devastating ways. However, it seems that not every character died because the story called for it -- sometimes Rhimes just didn't the actor in the role.

Rhimes sat down with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show," where she was asked if any of her characters had met their grisly end because she didn't care for the performer playing them.

"Yes," Rhimes said, after hesitating briefly, "and I'm not naming names."

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Which leaves fans to speculate on which of her characters might have fallen victim to Rhimes' contempt. As the executive producer of Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, there are just so many devastating deaths to choose from.

Without comment, here are a few of our best guesses as to who Shonda brutally murdered (in her television shows, just to be clear).

1. Scandal's Harrison Wright
Played by: Columbus Short
Cause of death: Shot in the head due to uncovering a conspiracy.


2. Grey's Anatomy's Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd
Played by: Patrick Dempsey
Cause of Death: Hit by a car while helping people who had been hit by cars, then receiving poor medical care for his brain trauma.


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3. Grey's Anatomy's Denny Duquette, Jr.
Played by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Cause of Death: Stroke suffered after successful heart transplant, because happiness is a lie.


4. Scandal's Daniel Douglas Langston
Played by: Jack Coleman
Cause of Death: Fatally stabbed by his wife, Vice President Sally Langston.


5. Private Practice's William "Dell" Parker
Played by: Chris Lowell
Cause of Death: A brain hemorrhage as a result of getting in a car crash that also put a mother and her baby in critical condition.


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Or maybe she was talking about Grey's Anatomy's Izzie Stevens, played by Katherine Heigl. While she technically didn't die, Rhimes did end up make Stevens' life a Greek tragedy.

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Shonda Rhimes killed a character because she didn't like the actor -- who could it be?
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 19: GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Staring at the Sun' - The O'Malley Family visits George at the hospital, Meredith is determined to have a more positive outlook on life, Derek and Addison strive for a civil relationship, and Richard endeavors to reunite with his wife, Adele, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Karen Neal/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Time Has Come Today' - The doctors of Seattle Grace help Izzie cope with the loss of her fiancé, Denny, and her decision to quit the internship program. Meredith must decide what the future holds after her hospital liaison with Derek. The Chief is confronted by his wife, Adele, after spending the night in his office, and George seeks relationship advice from a surprising source, on the season premiere of 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images)
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'I Want You With Me' - 'Grey's Anatomy' returns for its monumental tenth season with a two-hour event, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In the second hour, 'I Want You With Me' (10:00-11:00 p.m.), the fight continues to save those affected by the storm, Callie makes a bold decision regarding her relationship, and the doctors come together upon receiving devastating news. (Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images) PATRICK DEMPSEY, ELLEN POMPEO
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 08: GREY'S ANATOMY- 'Here Comes the Flood' - A plumbing leak becomes a deluge and wreaks havoc at Seattle Grace, as the Chief attempts to implement new teaching policies and George tries to retake his residency exam; meanwhile Derek hopes to move the roommates out of Meredith's house, to their surprise, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 17: GREY'S ANATOMY - 'The Becoming' - The nurses' objections to McSteamy's trysts lead to the instating of a new 'date and tell' policy. Meanwhile news of Burke's latest career achievements force Cristina to face her feelings for her ex, Meredith and Derek admit a veteran soldier into their clinical trial, and Callie turns to Sloan in her time of need, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, MAY 8 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Vivian Zink/ABC via Getty Images)
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Can't Fight Biology' - Things are hostile on all fronts when a visit to the obstetrician results in some disturbing news for Meredith and Derek, and Lexie loses it when she notices Meredith and April getting closer. Meanwhile a car crash brings in multiple traumas and Jackson tries using his physical attributes to get ahead in the operating room, while Cristina's self-doubt carries outside of the hospital and into her house hunting with Owen, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) PATRICK DEMPSEY, ELLEN POMPEO
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: GREY'S ANATOMY - 'There's No 'I' in Team' - Bailey heads up a team of surgeons performing a 'domino procedure' in which each surgery hinges on the one preceding it; Derek gets sole credit for the brain tumor study he did with Meredith; Lexie goes to great lengths to have George notice her romantically, and Sloan counsels a desperate Callie on the ways of love, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Shock to the System' -- After weeks of concealing the fact she was pregnant and miscarried, Meredith at last tells Derek and is finally cleared to return to her surgical duties in the wake of the hospital shooting spree; Cristina experiences post-traumatic stress disorder in the midst of an operation; and Bailey refuses to let Alex operate until he agrees to have the bullet in his chest removed, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) PATRICK DEMPSEY, ELLEN POMPEO
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 08: GREY'S ANATOMY- 'Here Comes the Flood' - A plumbing leak becomes a deluge and wreaks havoc at Seattle Grace, as the Chief attempts to implement new teaching policies and George tries to retake his residency exam; meanwhile Derek hopes to move the roommates out of Meredith's house, to their surprise, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 15: GREY'S ANATOMY - 'What a Difference a Day Makes' - As Meredith, Derek and all of their friends prepare for the big wedding, a group of college students, injured in a car crash as they were heading to their graduation ceremony, is admitted to the ER. Meanwhile, Izzie fears the worst when she begins experiencing familiar symptoms, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Scott Garfield/ABC via Getty Images)
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Superfreak' - When Derek receives an unexpected and unwelcome visit from his estranged sister, Amelia, issues between the siblings -- both past and present -- come to the surface; the Chief tries to help Alex when he notices that he's refusing to use the elevators after his near-fatal shooting; and Meredith and Derek continue their efforts to ease Cristina back into surgery after her post-traumatic stress, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images) PATRICK DEMPSEY, ELLEN POMPEO, CATERINA SCORSONE
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: GREY'S ANATOMY - 'Time Has Come Today' - The doctors of Seattle Grace help Izzie cope with the loss of her fiancé, Denny, and her decision to quit the internship program. Meredith must decide what the future holds after her hospital liaison with Derek. The Chief is confronted by his wife, Adele, after spending the night in his office, and George seeks relationship advice from a surprising source, on the season premiere of 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images)
GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy' stars Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd. (Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: GREY'S ANATOMY - 'There's No 'I' in Team' - Bailey heads up a team of surgeons performing a 'domino procedure' in which each surgery hinges on the one preceding it; Derek gets sole credit for the brain tumor study he did with Meredith; Lexie goes to great lengths to have George notice her romantically, and Sloan counsels a desperate Callie on the ways of love, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
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Stevens' boyfriend -- Denny Duquette, Jr. -- died randomly after a successful heart transplant. Then Stevens diagnosed herself with Stage IV metastatic melanoma cancer and had a 5 percent chance of survival. She later had brain surgery to treat tumors caused by the cancer, but the surgery caused her to suffer mild amnesia and short-term memory loss and she almost died during the procedure.

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Eventually she fully recovered and went back to work at the hospital and was then promptly fired. Also, her marriage to fellow doctor Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) rapidly fell apart and they divorced. Eventually she just disappears and has never been seen again.


So, it might have been Heigl, but the truth is really anyone's guess. (But it was probably Heigl.)

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