Shonda Rhimes, Ellen Pompeo say goodbye to Grey's Anatomy stars Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw
While everyone was bidding a fond farewell to Scandal, two other actors made a quiet but no less bittersweet exit from Shondaland.
Thursday marked the last day of production for Grey’s Anatomy stars Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins) and Sarah Drew (April Kepner). Their sad departure was acknowledged via social media by executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who took time away from celebrating (mourning?) the end of Scandal to pay tribute to the women.
“I need to devote a whole day just to celebrate Jessica and just to celebrate Sarah,” she wrote. “To tell you stories about their talent and to tell what I know about what their roles have meant. A social media post won’t cut it and I will not minimize their magic by pretending it will. I have more to say. I will do so. For now I will just say how lucky we were to witness their talents and the magic they brought to their characters.”
It was revealed in March that both actresses would be leaving Grey’s at the end of this season. Capshaw joined the drama in season 5 while Drew came in season 6.
Star Ellen Pompeo also posted about saying goodbye to her colleagues. “Thank you for bringing it the way you have brought it for 10 amazing years,” she said of Capshaw. “What a blessing you are and what a contribution you made to television history. Lit that screen up with your glow on the LGBT community… making a difference and making it all look so easy.” Of Drew, she noted, “You served up the sugar and spice for 9 years and it’s been a blast. Your passion and talent for storytelling has touched so many people provoked thought and Greys is a better show because of it and you.”
Grey’s Anatomy has yet to receive an official pickup for a 15th season, but Pompeo has already signed a lucrative deal for two more years of playing Dr. Meredith Grey.
Drew didn’t stay out of work for long: She’s already been booked to play Cagney in the CBS remake of the ’80s drama Cagney & Lacey.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.