If you haven't heard the traumatic news yet, two main characters are leaving Grey's Anatomy and it's not their choice. Sarah Drew, who plays Dr. April Kepner and Jessica Capshaw, who plays Dr. Arizona Robbins, are leaving the show when the 14th season comes to an end. While the decision to let these two go from the show was made by the producers, Ellen Pompeo, who plays main character Dr. Meredith Grey, has been getting a lot of flack for the choice.
Ellen Pompeo gave a detailed and candid essay to The Hollywood Reporter about her pay raise and why she deserves it a few months ago, and a lot of fans thought that was the reason they had to let go of two beloved characters. While Ellen, who is now the now the highest paid actress on primetime drama, has made it very clear that the two were paid way above her pay raise and that it had nothing to do with her raise, she still feels the need to stick up for herself as well as the show.
On the Ellen Degeneres Show today, Ellen Pompeo was asked about the situation and said the rumours are 'absolutely not true'. She did give us a little insight onto why they were let go, saying "I mean, I’m not involved in these kind of decisions, however, there’s a few problems that you encounter doing a show for 14 seasons. One of them is the writers have a really hard time creatively thinking up new stories for all these characters." She went on to say they have 16 regular cast members, and whether they want to leave or don't, it doesn't make it any easier.
So, I think it's clear now that Ellen Pompeo had nothing to do with the decision to let Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew go from the show. It was a decision for the show, and for the benefit of other characters. Although we're very glad there is no drama (or at least as much as there is in Grey's Anatomy), we're still very sad to see these beloved characters go from the show. You can watch Ellen Pompeo's interview with Ellen Degeneres below.