Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes along with showrunner Krista Vernoff are sending off April along with Arizona into the sunset.
Following Thursday’s season 14 finale, Rhimes along with Vernoff both took to Twitter to express their gratitude for departing stars Sarah Drew along with Jessica Capshaw, who have played April along with Arizona for nine along with 10 seasons, respectively.
“I will never stop being grateful for the chance to work with @sarahdrew along with @JessicaCapshaw,” Rhimes wrote in a tweet Thursday evening. “In April along with Arizona, they created powerful unforgettable characters.”
Vernoff responded to a distraught Grey’s fan, who was unhappy in which April along with Arizona would likely no longer be walking the halls of Grey Sloan after This specific season.
“We will miss them too. They are legendary. They are irreplaceable,” Vernoff tweeted, paying tribute to Drew along with Capshaw.
The Grey’s showrunner reiterated in which no one will be joining the cast to take the place of either of those beloved characters, especially in regards to Arizona, who was the lone LGBTQ character on the series the past several seasons.
“Nobody will be replacing anybody. Arizona Robbins will be not replaceable. however LGBTQIA people are everywhere both within the globe along with on #GreysAnatomy,” Vernoff promised.
While the finale was unclear about the whereabouts of April’s completely new beginning (she revealed in which she was leaving Grey Sloan to help the homeless along with less fortunate), Vernoff confirmed in which the former trauma surgeon was staying put in Seattle doing “God’s work.”
Earlier This specific month, Ellen Pompeo hinted to ET in which Capshaw along with Drew would likely not have tragic endings in their farewell episode. “You only get killed off when your behavior will be bad. If you’re a nice actor, you die nice,” she said, adding, “however yeah, these endings aren’t tragic.”
Pompeo also shared her personal reaction when she learned in which Capshaw along with Drew would likely be leaving after the 14th season, seemingly reiterating in which she wasn’t part of the decision.
“My first reaction was, ‘What? What do you mean? Why?’ along with then you go through levels along with stages of grief. the item’s hard for them, the item’s hard for us, the item’s hard for the writer who had to make the choice, [who] had to make the creative decision,” Pompeo said, adding, “You have to try to support the girls. the item’s just not easy for anyone, however I don’t want to make the item about me. the item’s about them along with I just tried to be just as supportive as I could be to everyone involved.”