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'Grey's Anatomy' shocker: Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew have been let go

"Grey’s Anatomy" is saying goodbye to two members of the longtime cast: Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew, who will depart at the end of this season.


Brittany King


Dr. Arizona Robbins and Dr. April Kepner have flatlined. 

 

The two beloved Grey's Anatomy cast members Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew are officially leaving the hit ABC medical drama at the end of the current 14th season. 

 

Although it's not by choice. 

Its always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters. Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV.

"The characters of Arizona and April are permanently woven into the fabric of Greys Anatomy thanks to the extraordinary work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew," Vernoff said. "As writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to go and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we love. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses."

 

Capshaw, who plays Dr. Arizona Robbins, has been a series regular for the last 10 seasons while Drew has been on for the last 9 seasons, eight of them as a series regular, playing Dr. April Kepner.

 

Grey's' creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes also released a statement about the departures. 

 

"It's always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters," Rhimes said. "Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic - both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV. I will be forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life with such vibrant performance and for inspiring women around the globe. They will always be a part of our Shondaland family."

 

The decision not to bring back Capshaw and Drew comes on the heels of the Ellen Pompeo's significant salary increase which is nearly $20 million a year, including signing bonus, producing fees, ownership in the show and other extras. 

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