Yes, Dr. Robbins and Dr. Kepner have officially been discharged.
Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw are leaving Grey’s Anatomy after season 14, Deadline reported last week. The actresses were reportedly let go due to creative changes.
“Sarah and Jessica’s storylines had just run their course, and the decision was made to not renew their contracts. Both had expressed concern about on screen time,” an insider told Us Weekly. “For Sarah, it was about how her character really wasn’t evolving.”
The source added that the show has always been about Meredith Grey, but the actresses being let go has nothing to do with Ellen Pompeo’s recent renegotiations that resulted in her near-$20 million salary.
“Ellen Pompeo was given a pay raise to recognise her incredible contributions to the success of the show. She more than earned the producing role, and frankly, it was long overdue,” the source continued. “There was this incredible mad dash to try and find Ellen a male costar after Patrick Dempsey left. What the network quickly learned, was that Ellen didn’t need a another McDreamy.”
Capshaw and Drew’s exits have “nothing to do with” Pompeo’s raise, something Dr. Grey herself expressed on Twitter. “Its unfortunate that Deadline chooses to try to pit women against each other on #InternationalWomensDay,” she tweeted. “I’m a big girl Deadline can take shots at me if they want but to the fans please don’t fall into that trap. This is above my pay grade.”
Series co-creator Krista Vernoff defended Pompeo on Twitter, adding that the women were being written off because “it felt right creatively to wrap up their stories.”