The doctors have been discharged.
Grey’s Anatomy fans might need a dose of anti-depressants after learning that 2 long-time cast members will be leaving the series.
Now in its 14th season, Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins) and Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner) have been part of the show since the 5th and 6th season, respectively.
The decision was taken for creative reasons, with executive producer, Krista Vernoff, stating, “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.”
Grey’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, confirmed the sad news on Twitter.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 8, 2018
Sarah has tried to offer fans some consolation by saying on Twitter, “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’s 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.”
Jessica took to her own Twitter page to reiterate her character’s importance to the LGBTQ community:
— Jessica Capshaw (@JessicaCapshaw) March 8, 2018
Doctors Robbins and Kepner will be checking out at the end of the current season. Someone prescribe the tissues, please.