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There are long running TV shows, and then there's ABC's Grey's Anatomy. The medical drama is currently in the midst of its whopping 14th season on the air, and is showing no signs of slowing down. While fans can look forward to the spinoff Station 19 and will likely get at least two more seasons of Grey's, it isn't all good news. Actors Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew are leaving the series after this season, bringing characters Arizona and April to a close in their wake. Series lead and producer Ellen Pompeo recently fired back after a story implied her recent raise may have been a factor in the departures, and now showrunner Krista Vernoff has addressed both situations directly. She said,
It looks like Krista Vernoff is going to bat for her star, and clarifying how Ellen Pompeo had nothing to do with Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew's upcoming departure from Grey's. She also didn't mince words, and directly called out the publication whose coverage seemed to make such a stir.
The story in question didn't expressly accuse Ellen Pompeo of having a hand in the upcoming Grey's Anatomy departures, but reference of her groundbreaking deal for two more seasons was mentioned in the same paragraph. It's this indication that Pompeo took offense to, and now Krista Vernoff herself has taken to Twitter to set the record straight.
Since news of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew's exit first became public, Grey's Anatomy and the network have maintained that it was a creative decisions. Both actresses have since taken to Twitter to thank the fans, and aren't making it seem like they were forced out for any reason. Krista Vernoff also addressed this in her Tweet, saying:
The decision to make changes to our cast was a creative one. The only thing as a constant on Grey's Anatomy as Ellen Pompeo is our penchant for reinvention. It is a part of our success and what keeps the show exciting. We love these actresses and we love these characters and it felt true and right creatively to wrap up their stories. And that is the whole story.