Seattle Grace-Mercy West's current financial woes, combined with the basic fact that Grey's Anatomy is in its ninth season, has made some fans wonder if showrunner Shonda Rhimes is teeing this season up to be the last. What does Shonda have to say about that?

When a fan asked Shonda on Twitter "who says this is the last season?" Shonda replied, "I never said that." Good!

As things currently stand, there's no reason to think this would be the last season of Grey's. It's still routinely one of the highest rated shows in its timeslot, and the original cast members are all contracted to stay through the end of Season 10.

So rest easy, Grey's fans: Our show is almost certainly not going anywhere.

Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: @ShondaRhimes