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Jessica Capshaw & Sarah Drew to Exit 'Grey's Anatomy'

Jessica Capshaw & Sarah Drew to Exit 'Grey's Anatomy'

Two leads are leaving Grey’s Anatomy…and it’s shocking!

Jessica Capshaw, who has played Dr. Arizona Robbins for 10 seasons, and Sarah Drew who has played Dr. April Kepner for nine seasons, will both be exiting the show after the current season. The decision was reportedly made by the producers, and they will be the only series regular actors to depart after this season, Deadline reports.

“It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “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.”

Technically, Grey’s Anatomy has not been renewed for a 15th season by ABC yet, but the show is expected to continue on. Ellen Pompeo recently signed a massive new contract.

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  • #TeamSlexie

    I had a feeling they’re setting up April to leave but Arizona? Well okay given the screen time she’s got… it makes sense. GA isn’t the same since Lexie died (for me) but I’m still wondering how this all turns out. Can’t imagine April would leave her child behind… so she’s probably dead by the end of the season.

  • http://laura.productions/ Laura Monique

    BALLS. Why Arizona! I also had a feeling they were setting up April but ARIZONA!? Ugh.

  • Jaclyn Shortt

    Yikes! Sounds like no one’s safe over there, cutting two fan favorite females seems like a bad idea. Also, regardless if they call it “creative” or not, I feel like abc did this to pay Ellen Pompeo which is ridiculious, ABC certainly should be able to pay them all.

  • ms granger

    this is bull crap! tell me this has nothing to do with the pay raise they gave to ellen pompeo! this is total crap, so they punish these 2 women because another women asked to be given what she was worth? so they decided to basically cut cost. why not fire someone else. im mad. if it wasnt obvious.

  • Casey C

    I was expecting Kevin Mckidd (Owen is played out, he’s basically given the same storylines over and over, a wife that doesn’t want kids, a marriage that doesn’t work blah blah blah) but I feel lie I’m one of the few that really likes April and I’ll miss her a lot. I flip flop on Arizona, sometimes shess a major PITA but sometimes she’s great.

  • nicpace

    ikr, I stopped watching GA after Lexie and Mark died. Then McDreamy’s gone too. That’s just ridiculous.

  • imsn

    i am sad ..

  • imsn

    i am sad ..

  • imsn

    i am sad ..

  • 777

    Yeah, let’s get rid of a woman stuck in a love triangle (clearly a storyline) and a character with a huge fanbase (one of the biggest) who people wanna see how she’s doing without her ex wife (storyline), for “creative reasons”, but keep the guy that hasn’t had a storyline in months (Owen).
    I’m pissed off about this.

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  • GINA

    I hate to see both characters go. Why do these shows think that writing off good characters is best? I hated that Andrew’s girlfriend had to leave, I disliked the immigration story, too political, just like when the boy that was shot because police thought is cell was a gun. Lets make law enforcement look bad, ICE look bad. There are good and bad in anything. I agree about Owen, give the man something different and Amela, so tired of how broken she is and cannot have a relationship. They never have anyone being happy with each other. At least if April dies, she is in a good place. Will Alex take Arizona’s place over Pediatrics? I am not sure I will watch any more after this season. I love Richard, Bailey and Alex. I can take or leave Meredith at this point due to Ellen Pompeo threatening Laura Ingram on Twitter, very distasteful and especially defending foul mouthed Lebron James. My daughter and I have watched the show from the beginning, but when Derrick died, she has not watched it since. The shock factor of beloved characters dying is getting old.