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Gray’s Anatomy: Forged & Crew React to April, Arizona’s Exit

Gray’s Anatomy stars Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw made their official departure from the long-running ABC present, however not with out a few properly needs from fellow forged members and loving followers.

Present creator Shonda Rhimes expressed her appreciation for the 2 actresses after the season 14 finale aired Thursday night time.

“I’ll by no means cease being grateful for the possibility to work with @sarahdrew and @JessicaCapshaw. In April and Arizona, they created highly effective unforgettable characters. #GreysAnatomy #TGIT,” Rhimes, 48, tweeted. 

Drew, 37, and Capshaw 41, introduced they have been leaving the present in March, and their characters obtained blissful exits throughout the finale, with Capshaw’s Arizona Robbins heading to New York Metropolis with daughter Sofia, whereas Drew’s April Kepner married boyfriend Matthew Taylor.

The present’s star Ellen Pompeo shared a message to followers on Instagram who have been in the course of watching the season finale.

“Over the past 14 seasons I’ve cried many tears on display screen and off. This present has introduced me a lot pleasure and a lot laughter however reality be advised it has by no means been simple. This 12 months was no totally different. Saying goodbye to characters, forged mates, associates is all the time very exhausting whatever the circumstances,” she wrote within the caption.

“What stays and what retains us going is the unbelievable ardour and loyalty of our followers. So in basic Gray’s bittersweet type, we are going to go away you tonight with tears in your eyes and hopefully smiles in your faces,” Pompeo continued.

“Thanks for driving with us on this rollercoaster know[n] as Shondaland. A lot love, Ellen,” she concluded.

“Finale second on the present… I like you @JessicaCapshaw,” Drew tweeted alongside a gif of her hugging Capshaw throughout a marriage.

The actress additionally shared emotional images on Instagram after the finale aired, together with group pictures of herself with forged members Jesse Williams, Kevin McKidd, Debbie Allen, Kelly McCreary and Camilla Luddington, amongst others.

“It was such a pleasure to get to spend my closing week on the present with virtually everybody within the forged in a stunning location in Malibu. We laughed SO a lot, Goofed off WAY an excessive amount of, and had our fare share of hugs and tears,” Drew wrote within the caption.

“I like this group!! A few of my sweetest moments with Ellen have been throughout each of my pregnancies,” she continued. “She supplied a lot fantastic recommendation and cared for me as I used to be getting into into working motherhood. She is a mama bear by and thru.”

Drew added, “Giacomo is so fantastic. I like his want to make the world a greater place and his ardour for the underserved in our nation and all over the world. It was additionally a pleasure to bond with him after we each produced tasks for the primary time final hiatus. And he completely KILLS it on this episode!”

Williams, who performs Jackson Avery on the present, additionally shared a farewell on Instagram in a photograph of himself, Drew and Capshaw.

“Only a fond farewell to my associates…Tonight’s #SeasonFinale #GreysAnatomymarks the ultimate episode for 2 of the very best to ever do it: @theSarahDrew & @JessicaCapshaw,” he wrote within the caption.

Followers of the collection additionally shared their very own reactions on Twitter, together with their shock on the finale cliffhanger, through which it was revealed that Teddy Altman (performed by Kim Raver) had returned to the present because the interim Chief of Surgical procedure and was pregnant (presumably with Owen Hunt’s baby).

Others couldn’t deal with their feelings whereas saying goodbye to Drew and Capshaw, with one person tweeting, “I AM UGLY CRYING! THAY WAS THR BEST EPISODE OF GREYS ANATOMY EVER! @sarahdrew @JessicaCapshaw yall actually did that…thanks for portraying superb characters. #GreysAnatomy.”

Capshaw first joined the present in season 5 earlier than turning into a collection common in season 6, whereas Drew joined the present in season 6.

RELATED: Why Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew Had been Written Off Gray’s Anatomy

Deadline reported that the choice for Capshaw and Drew’s exits was primarily based strictly on the present’s artistic path. Pompeo vigorously denied a report connecting their departures to her new $20 million wage.

“It’s completely not true,” she stated. “I imply, I’m not concerned in these form of selections. Nevertheless, there are a number of issues that you simply encounter doing a present for 14 seasons. Certainly one of them is that writers have a very exhausting time creatively, considering up new tales for all these characters. It’s all the time unhappy once we lose folks, for no matter cause.”

“I believe that it’s essential for us to not pit ladies in opposition to one another and to actually dispel the notion that girls are all the time victims,” she added. “We’re not enemies, we do carry one another up and assist one another, and we’re not victims. We’re very sturdy, and we’re able to many, many issues.”

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