Ellen Pompeo and others from the Grey’s Anatomy cast congratulated Sarah Drew on her latest venture. Drew was let go from the hit ABC series in a shakeup that shocked her co-stars and fans.
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Just days later, Drew, who played April Kepner on the series, announced that she signed on a brand-new CBS pilot, Cagney & Lacey. Drew will portray Cagney in the police show that is a remake of the 1980s original.
Pompeo was one of the first Grey’s Anatomy stars to share her support for Drew on social media.
Leave it 2 @sarahdrew our hearts we're breaking for her one minute & the next she's making us smile as wide as the ocean. #warriorprincess https://t.co/dOWfCLc3e3 — Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) March 14, 2018
Camilla Luddington, whom fans know as Jo Wilson on the show, also expressed her excitement for Drew’s new role.
I am SOOOOOOOOO excited for this and cannot WAIT to watch!!!!!!! https://t.co/jM6e0ecWO6 — Camilla Luddington (@camilluddington) March 14, 2018
Jason Winston George, who portrays Dr. Ben Warren, showed love for Drew as well. George is slated to star in the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff that tells the story of Seattle firefighters.
Congrats @sarahdrew !
Gonna go from seeing your face every day at #GreysAnatomy to watching your work once week on #cagneyandlacey #MuchLove
Working with another great actor and friend @ItsMichelleHurd
Congrats to you, too, Michelle! https://t.co/hg7rWQlqY4 — Jason Winston George (@JasonWGeorge) March 14, 2018
A showrunner for Grey’s Anatomy, Krista Vernoff, also commended Drew and let her know she would support and tune in to the show.
This is thrilling. We are so happy for you @sarahdrew and can't wait to watch!!! https://t.co/NJJrgXfQ03 — Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) March 14, 2018
The support and love came roughly a week after the show announced the departure of Drew and Jessica Capshaw, who plays Arizona Robbins. The ladies will take their final bow on the finale of the show’s current 14th season.
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There were still lots of questions as to why the show decided to get rid of the popular characters, especially after fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
Vernoff revealed that “it felt right creatively to wrap up their stories.”
She initially announced news of Capshaw and Drew’s departure in a statement.
“The characters of Arizona and April are permanently woven into the fabric of Grey’s Anatomy thanks to the extraordinary work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew,” said Vernoff. “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 privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses.”
Shonda Rhimes, who created the series and serves as executive producer, made a similar statement and said it was especially difficult because Arizona and April represented the LGBTQ and Christian communities respectively. She said both groups are often not given enough representation on the small screen.
Capshaw was with the show for 10 seasons and Drew for nine.
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