Say Goodbye To Arizona And April: Sarah Drew And Jessica Capshaw Were Written Off ‘Grey's Anatomy’
The time has come to say goodbye to beloved Grey’s Anatomy characters – Arizona and April.
In March, the news broke that Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw are leaving the show at the end of season 14. The big question that shocked fans keep asking is, why?
As it was reported by Deadline, the decision behind Capshaw and Drew’s exit is strictly based on the show’s creative direction. Previously, there have been rumors concerning the connection of their departure to Ellen Pompeo’s new $20 million salary, which she vigorously denied.
The show’s creator Shonda Rhimes released a statement:
It’s 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. I will be forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life with such vibrant.
Sarah Drew joined Grey's Anatomy in season 6 as April Kepner. She wrote about the sad news on her social media account, saying:
Hey guys. Thank you for all of the love. I know you’re sad. 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 yous and give an all-encompassing statement about my 9 years here. That will come late. For now, I’d like to say: I love you, and I love April, and her story isn’t over yet.
Jessica Capshaw first joined the show in season 5 as Arizona Robbins and started to appear regularly in season 6. She twitted in March:
For the past 10 years, I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins, but also being madly in love with playing her. Arizona Robbins is kind, intelligent, funny, insightful, bold, playful, fierce and really good at her job.
The actresses documented their last day on set with some sweet behind-the-scenes shots that they shared with their fans.
We are very sad to say goodbye to those extremely talented ladies and amazingly-written characters!