Grey's Anatomy

The doctor is in!

As we first reported, in the new season of Grey's Anatomy, Chief Webber (James Pickens Jr.) will take the fall for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tampering with the Alzheimer's clinical trial. As a result, he'll step down as Chief of Surgery. So who's replacing him?

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TVGuide.com can exclusively reveal that Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), whom the Chief enlisted to pick the new Chief Resident last season, will become the new boss.

What will happen to Dr. Webber? "He has already had enough as Chief," McKidd tells us. "He goes back to being an attending surgeon in the hospital. He gives Owen the job, and Owen is as shocked as everybody else, so it changes the whole structure of the hospital. Richard becomes like the all-seeing oracle, because he has all this knowledge. He's now a normal doctor, but everybody still comes to him. Owen, even though he's the Chief, comes to Richard a lot."

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Are you surprised Owen is the new Chief? Will he be able to handle this new position with so much turmoil in his relationship with Cristina (Sandra Oh)? Hit the comments with your thoughts and stay tuned for more scoop on the new season of Grey's Anatomy, premiering Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c on ABC.