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'Grey's Anatomy' Alum Sarah Drew Compares Exiting The Medical Drama To 'Attending a Funeral'

by Jessica Rapir / Sep 20, 2018 09:58 AM EDT
'Grey's Anatomy' alum Sarah Drew compares exiting the medical drama to "attending a funeral." Photo by Official Sarah Drew/Facebook

Sarah Drew has spoken out about her sudden exit in Grey's Anatomy. The actress admitted that it was like attending a funeral but still in a beautiful way.

"In a way, you almost feel like you're attending your own funeral. Weirdly. But in a really beautiful way," Drew told Vulture at BAFTA's pre-Emmys party recently.

"I think that in being let go, the outcry of support from fans, from my cast, from my crew, was so extraordinary. I talk about it as being love bombed," Drew added on how the love from the fans and her former co-stars kept her going.

In March, ABC confirmed that Drew and co-star Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) will depart the show after Season 14. The show has been slammed for letting go the two of fan-favorite characters in the show.

Speculations also emerged that Ellen Pompeo's salary bump has something to do why Capshaw and Drew got fired from the show. Pompeo, however, clarified that her $20 million salary raise is not the reason why the two stars were written off. Pompeo plays the lead role Meredith Grey in the medical drama.

Executive producer Krista Vernoff also dismissed the speculations and called it "wrong and hurtful and misguided." She stressed that the decision to let the characters go is purely for a creative reason.

Although she already moved on, Drew admitted that she still avoid looking into fan theories for possible reasons as to why April Kepner was written off. She admitted that it will only upset her if she starts thinking about other reasons except on the one she was told back in March.

The actress played the role of Dr. April Kepner for almost ten years. Despite her departure from the ABC show, Drew finds a silver lining on it and excited to try new things. The actress confessed that she is thrilled to work behind the camera even more after she received a nomination from Emmys for directing the digital series Grey's Anatomy: B-Team.

Meanwhile, Drew plays a lead role in upcoming war drama Indivisible alongside Justin Bruening. It will be a reunion for the two after they worked together in Grey's Anatomy.

Bruening portrayed the role of paramedic Matthew Taylor, the man whom April left in the altar on their wedding day to run away with Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). In Grey's Anatomy Season 14, April and Matthew rekindle their romance and get married in the season finale. 

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