Grey's Anatomy Cast & Fans React to April and Arizona's Exit After Cliffhanger Finale
Show creator Shonda Rhimes expressed her appreciation for the two actresses after the season 14 finale aired Thursday night.
“I will never stop being grateful for the chance to work with @sarahdrew and @JessicaCapshaw. In April and Arizona, they created powerful unforgettable characters. #GreysAnatomy #TGIT,” Rhimes, 48, tweeted.
Drew, 37, and Capshaw 41, announced they were leaving the show in March, and their characters received happy exits during the finale, with Capshaw’s Arizona Robbins heading to New York City with daughter Sofia, while Drew’s April Kepner married boyfriend Matthew Taylor.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) May 18, 2018
The show’s star Ellen Pompeo shared a message to fans on Instagram who were in the middle of watching the season finale.
“Over the last 14 seasons I’ve cried many tears on screen and off. This show has brought me so much joy and so much laughter but truth be told it has never been easy. This year was no different. Saying goodbye to characters, cast mates, friends is always very hard regardless of the circumstances,” she wrote in the caption.
“What remains and what keeps us going is the incredible passion and loyalty of our fans. So in classic Grey’s bittersweet style, we will leave you tonight with tears in your eyes and hopefully smiles on your faces,” Pompeo continued.
“Thanks for riding with us on this rollercoaster know as Shondaland. Much love, Ellen,” she concluded.
“Finale moment on the show… I love you @JessicaCapshaw,” Drew tweeted alongside a gif of her hugging Capshaw during a wedding.
— Sarah Drew (@sarahdrew) May 18, 2018
The actress also shared emotional photos on Instagram after the finale aired, including group shots of herself with cast members Jesse Williams, Kevin McKidd, Debbie Allen, Kelly McCreary and Camilla Luddington, among others.
“It was such a joy to get to spend my final week on the show with almost everyone in the cast in a gorgeous location in Malibu. We laughed SO much, Goofed off WAY too much, and had our fare share of hugs and tears,” Drew wrote in the caption.
“I love this group!! Some of my sweetest moments with Ellen were during both of my pregnancies,” she continued. “She offered so much wonderful advice and cared for me as I was entering into working motherhood. She is a mama bear through and through.”
Drew added, “Giacomo is so wonderful. I love his desire to make the world a better place and his passion for the underserved in our country and around the world. It was also a joy to bond with him after we both produced projects for the first time last hiatus. And he absolutely KILLS it in this episode!”
Williams, who plays Jackson Avery on the show, also shared a farewell on Instagram in a photo of himself, Drew and Capshaw.
“Just a fond farewell to my friends…Tonight’s #SeasonFinale #GreysAnatomymarks the final episode for two of the best to ever do it: @theSarahDrew & @JessicaCapshaw,” he wrote in the caption.
Fans of the series also shared their own reactions on Twitter, including their shock at the finale cliffhanger, in which it was revealed that Teddy Altman (played by Kim Raver) had returned to the show as the interim Chief of Surgery and was pregnant (possibly with Owen Hunt’s child).