'Grey's Anatomy': Jessica Capshaw, Sarah Drew to Exit After Season 14 | THR News
Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew Are Leaving Grey's Anatomy
You might want to sit down for this,Grey'sfans – two beloved cast members will be leaving the show at the end of its current fourteenth season. PerDeadline, Jessica Capshaw (Dr Arizona Robbins) and Sarah Drew (Dr April Kepner) are both departing, after producers opted not to renew their contracts for the new season.
Both actresses are long-standing, core cast members – Capshaw has been on the show for ten seasons, while Drew has been on it for nine – and will reportedly be the only series regulars to leave the show this year. The decision was apparently based on "the show's creative direction", which is vague enough to mean just about anything.
“The characters of Arizona and April are permanently woven into the fabric ofGrey’s Anatomythanks to the extraordinary work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew,” said co-showrunner Krista Vernoff. “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.”
Both Capshaw and Drew posted statements via social media shortly after the news broke this afternoon. "For the past ten years, I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins, but also being madly in love with playing her,” Capshaw wrote, before going on to praise the character as “one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a series regular role on network television.”
In her statement, Drew noted that the news was still very fresh. “I know you’re sad,” she wrote. “I’m sad too. I haven’t really had the time to process this information. I’ve been with it for less than 48 hours, so I’m not ready to say my thank you and give an all encompassing statement about my 9 years here. That will come later :)” She went on to express her love for her character and for her “Grey’s family”.
“It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters,” said creator Shonda Rhimes. “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.”
It's not yet clear know how Arizona and April will be written out, but until the season finale airs, you can always console yourself with adorable Insta shots of the two of them together.
Video: 'Grey's Anatomy': How Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew Were Written Out | THR News
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