It was announced Thursday morning that Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw are going to exit Grey’s Anatomy at the end of the current season — and people have feels about the news.
“Thank you for all of the love,” she wrote. “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 later. For now, I’d like to say: I love you, and I love April, and her story isn’t over yet. And the really good news (for me, at least) is that I’m here on set shadowing one of my favorite people, Kevin McKidd, with my beloved Grey’s family all this week and next, so I get to process all of my feelings surrounded by the community that has nourished and nurtured me for almost a decade. For that, I am grateful.”
According to Deadline, which was the first to report the news, the decision was made by the producers ahead of the potential 15th season. The show has not yet been officially renewed. The decision seems to be a surprise to at least Drew, who posted a message to her fans on Twitter shortly after the news broke.
Later in the day Capshaw also posted a message on Twitter.
“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,” she wrote. “Arizona Robbins is kind, intelligent, funny, insightful, bold, playful, fierce and really good at her job. She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a series regular role on network television. Her impact on the world is permanent and forever. Forever. I am grateful that I have gotten to bring her to life and for the life that she has brought to me. I am sad to see her go, but I am consoled by the idea that she will continue to live on and on in all of our consciences and our imaginations. Shonda, thank you for the ride on this incredible rollercoaster. With a heart full of love, Jessica.”
But the actresses were not the only ones to share their thoughts about the news. Fans were quick to take to social media with feelings about Capshaw and Drew’s impending departures.