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Ellen Pompeo Speaks On Why She Thinks Sarah Drew & Jessica Capshaw Left Grey’s Anatomy

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Grey's Anatomy fans were thrown for a loop when news broke that, after this season, Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew would be leaving the show, taking their beloved characters with them. Since then, the rumor mill has been working over time — including plenty of accusations that Ellen Pompeo’s boosted salary left less room in the budget for the other women's. But during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week, Ellen explained why she thinks Jessica and Sarah are leaving Grey's, and her theory makes a lot of sense.

Don't worry — it doesn't seem like Ellen or her salary had anything to do with it. In fact, when (the other) Ellen asked her about the rumors, she couldn't shoot them down quickly enough. Although Ellen Pompeo admitted that she's not kept in the loop on these kinds of decisions, she did have a few guesses about what could have happened.

“I’m not involved in these kinds of decisions,” she said. “However, there’s a few problems that you encounter doing a show for 14 seasons. One of them is the writers have a really hard time creatively thinking up new stories for all these characters. I think we have 16 regular cast members, and it’s always sad when we lose people — whether they want to go or they don’t want to go. It doesn’t make it any easier.”

This is valid. Grey's involves an enormous cast, and it's been running for so long that eventually, some characters' stories just need to end. We're just really sad it had to happen with April and Arizona.

And for the record, Ellen looked pretty bummed when the topic of Sarah and Jessica leaving came up, so it seems like she's just as upset as the rest of us about the cast shakeup. She took the opportunity to bring up how important it is not to pit women against each other, and she makes a really good point — women don't have to be victims of other women's successes, and there is plenty of room at the table for everyone to find success.

“I think that it’s important for us to not pit women against each other, and to really dispel the notion that women are always victims,” Ellen said. “You don’t have to pit us against each other. We’re not enemies. We do lift each other up and support one each other, and we’re not victims. We’re very strong, and we’re capable of many, many things.”

It's hard to imagine a Grey's Anatomy without Sarah and Jessica's beloved characters, but we don't doubt for a second that both of them will continue to have awesome careers in the future. Besides, Arizona and April are going to live on forever in past episodes. Speaking of living on… we just have one request: Shonda Rhimesplease don't kill them off. Haven't we lost enough doctors from this hospital already? The people of Seattle are going to start getting suspicious.

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