During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Drew dished on what it was like to be let go from her position on the medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. According to the small-screen star, they fired her during an episode where she was working as an apprentice for Kevin McKidd, the actor who portrays Owen.
After she found out, Drew went back to her trailer where she “did her crying” and called her people. Members of the cast and crew all came into her trailer and hugged and cried along with her, because it was sad to see Sarah go.
She was supposed to be following Kevin during the episode in hopes of getting to direct one herself, the actress remarked, but after she lost her job, that no longer seemed like a possibility.
As for what her husband had to say, he said that it was obvious that she should go because she had “an incredible opportunity” as an artist as well as a director.
So, that’s what she ended up doing; she shadowed Kevin the following morning until she was cast as Cagney and had to leave to film for CBS’ Cagney and Lacey.
In retrospect, the actress explained, it was very painful, but it had to be done, and it would’ve been really hard to leave it on her own because she had been there for nine years.
“Playing a character for nine years is a long haul,” she stated. And their reasoning for her release? Drew said that she was told that they had too many characters on the show, so they had to downsize so they could give more screen-time to others.
Drew stated the producers needed to decrease the number of characters, that way they had a chance to “tie up their stories” in an effective way. And that makes sense, considering Grey’s Anatomy did have quite a few mainstays.