‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Upset After Shonda Rhimes Announces Departures of 2 Castmembers – One’s a Lesbian, the Other’s a Devout Christian

PHOTO: Shonda Rimes attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Fans are crying foul after Shonda Rhimes announced the departure of two beloved characters on “Grey’s Anatomy,” played by Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw.

The two actresses, who portray Dr. April Kepner and Dr. Arizona Robbins, respectively, on the hit ABC medical drama, are set to leave after the end of the current season. They’re not expected to return next season if the show gets renewed for a season 15, which is likely.

Shonda Rhimes wrote on Twitter that it was a tough, but necessary, decision to make for her planned storylines on the show.

“It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters,” Rhimes, 48, began on Twitter. “Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic — both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV.”

Speaking to the actors directly, the showrunner added: “I will be forever grateful to both Jessica and Sarah for bringing these characters to life with such vibrant performance and for inspiring women around the globe. They will always be a part of our Shondaland family.”

Due to the enormous backlash from fans on Twitter, both Drew and Capshaw released their own statements on Twitter.

“Thank you for all of the love. I know you’re sad. I’m sad, too. I haven’t really had the time to process this information,” Drew, 37, wrote. “I’ve been with it for less than 48 hours, so I’m not ready to say my thank yous and give an all-encompassing statement about my nine years here.”

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SOURCE: ABC News – Joi-Marie McKenzie