Fans are not here for the latest Grey’s Anatomy shakeup. They took to Twitter to respond to news that Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw were let go from the show.
Fans Respond To Grey's Anatomy Cast Changes
Drew, who portrays April Kepner, first joined the show nine years ago. Capshaw, who plays Arizona Robbins, joined 10 years ago.
While there is speculation that both women's stories are complete, it’s safe to say both women were favorites on the series as fans made it clear they were not happy with the showrunners’ decision to make them say goodbye to both characters at the end of the current 14th season.
One fan suggested a spinoff that features only April and Arizona.
spin off of greys anatomy but it's just April and Arizona — rebbeca #NEVERAGAIN (@pippascomet) March 8, 2018
Another accused the show of treating the ladies inappropriately as they celebrated both Capshaw and Drew for International Women’s Day.
ok but also happy international woman’s day to my girls April and Arizona i’m so sorry Greys Anatomy did u so dirty, ur representation matters, just know u deserve better. long live April & Arizona amen — Bryana Salaz (@bryanasalaz) March 8, 2018
Another kept it simple and said, “no thank you” when faced with the idea of the series without either of the women.
grey’s anatomy without april and arizona? no thank you https://t.co/UU4C2I1Tvf — best of grey’s (@bestofgrwys) March 8, 2018
Another echoed sentiments of many of the other fans as they said both Drew and Capshaw “deserve much more” after their investments into the series.
I can not even describe what I'm feeling now, april and arizona are, and always will be incredible characters that I'll keep in my heart forever ... jessica and sarah love grey’s anatomy and they deserve much more... I I will always love them immensely pic.twitter.com/xc2li1fOVZ — carol (@catwcorsone) March 8, 2018
One fan plainly said, “My life has, in fact, been ruined,” when they heard the news.
Arizona and April are leaving Grey’s Anatomy. My life has, in fact, been ruined. — morgan (@morrggyyfresh) March 9, 2018
One tweeter said they were “speechless” and would have “never” guessed that neither of the ladies would see the end of the show.
Speechless. I never in a million years thought Arizona and April wouldn't make it to the end of Grey's Anatomy. @JessicaCapshaw @sarahdrew you both gave us your all representing these 2 amazing women. Thank you for all these years. Best wishes for your next adventures! pic.twitter.com/lq1igtLOWs — ㅤ ㅤ (@ThePompeoMethod) March 8, 2018
Another gave a history of all of the other popular characters the show as written off from Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) to Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey).
LEXIE, MARK, CRISTINA, DEREK, CALLIE, ARIZONA, AND APRIL,,,,,,, grey's anatomy ur dead to me — arely (@arelyagarza) March 8, 2018
One fan said they were simply heartbroken over the news.
Arizona Robbins and April Kepner leaving Grey's Anatomy is breaking my heart — alyssa (@alyssajones03) March 8, 2018
One fan replied to the show's creator and writer Shonda Rhimes and said she will no longer be tuning in to the series. She said Arizona and April’s characters were the sole reason she supported the show after Derek Shepherd was killed off a few seasons back.
This decision has convinced me I have to stop watching the show. Japril and Arizona were the only reasons why I kept watching after Derek left! Not interested on Grey's Anatomy without April & Arizona, and definitely not interested on watching Maggie and Jackson together. Bye — Sofii (@sofiivr) March 12, 2018
Another fan also compared the news to Shepherd being written off the show and said they felt like they were experiencing the loss “all over again…”
I just found out Arizona and April aren’t gonna be on greys anatomy after this season ends, and i am not okay... it’s like Derek’s death all over again — Kadey (@Kadey_Bird_) March 9, 2018
One fan said the show has been struggling since Christina Yang left. They pointed out that April’s love story with Jackson Avery (played by Jesse Williams, who is facing drama in his own personal life), is unfinished.
Grey’s Anatomy hasn’t been good since Cristina left tbh but now you’re gonna kick off April AND Arizona???? There’s definitely some unfinished Japril, and the Arizona/Callie thing needs to have a better ending then them both leaving??? — Madelyn (@_madzillla) March 9, 2018
One also told Rhimes that this is an indication the show is nearing its final days.
April Kepner and Arizona Robbins are leaving Grey’s Anatomy after this season. Okay @shondarhimes it’s time to end the show — sayruh (@sarah_evleth) March 9, 2018
'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo Speaks
It’s not clear why the show decided to continue without the two iconic characters. Word did spread that it was because of the pay raise for Ellen Pompeo who plays the main character, Meredith Grey. Still, Pompeo took to Twitter to shut down that speculation. She also clapped back at fans who spoke negatively about the show's decision.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays on ABC 8/7c.
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