Sarah Drew won’t be watching Grey’s Anatomy this season. The actress, whose character was booted in Season 14, admitted that she is skipping out on the medical drama because it is too “painful” to watch.
“You know, it‘s a little painful to kind of go and watch your family move on without you,” Drew explained.
Drew played the part of Dr. April Kepner for the past nine seasons. While Drew clearly has bad feelings about her exit, she claims that she does not hold any grudges towards the cast and crew of Grey’s Anatomy. She even wished her former co-stars well and said she hopes they are having a great time.
This past spring, the series announced that Drew and Jessica Capshaw would no longer be a part of the show. According to Entertainment Weekly, many longtime fans were unhappy by the move and expressed their disapproval on social media.
Fans even suspected that the departures were related to Ellen Pompeo’s new contract, which was upwards of $20 million.
Pompeo has since denied the rumors, and Shonda Rhimes, along with executive producer Krista Vernoff, assured fans that it was purely a creative move.
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While we were in the middle of shooting this scene, just before my coverage, it occurred to me that this was April and Bailey’s final scene together. When I realized it, I had to sing happy songs to myself to keep from losing it while the camera was on me. As soon as we finished the scene, I unplugged myself from all of the wires as fast as I could and ran into Chandra’s arms, and Kelly captured this moment between the two of us. Chandra has been a true friend and mentor to me, as an actor, a director and a human. I admire her strength of character and her determination to choose joy in any and all circumstances. I want to be like her when I grow up ☺️☺️ On my last day shooting, she gave me a goodbye letter that she had written from Bailey to April. It was the most incredible gift I never knew I needed. It helped me gain perspective, reminded me of my worth, and brought everything full circle for me. I love my Chandra. #chandrawilson #photocred @seekellymccreary
Shortly after her exit, Drew revealed that April was written off because there was an overload of characters on the show. Producers wanted to cut a few characters out because they did not think the current rate was sustainable. So instead of April’s storyline slowly disappearing as time wore on, they decided to cut her out immediately and send her off in a fitting way.
Although Drew was initially hurt by the move, she came to realize that it was the right decision. After being on the show for nine years, Drew knew it was time to move on to other projects and is grateful for how things worked out.
New episodes of Grey’s Anatomy air Thursday nights on ABC.