Earlier this month, it was reported that two doctors from Grey’s Anatomy had been asked to turn in their pretend ID badges and leave Grey-Sloan Memorial. Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins) and Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner) didn’t get their contracts renewed, and Deadline heavily implied it might have been because ABC was running low on money after giving $20 million to Ellen Pompeo. A very pissed Ellen shot back, saying there was absolutely no truth to it. Ellen appeared on Ellen today, and reiterated her raise isn’t the reason why Jessica and Sarah were let go.
Ellen made her 14th appearance on Ellen, and thank god for salary drama, because do you talk about after 14 times? Ellen DeGeneres asked about the rumor, Ellen says that it’s absolutely not true, and adds that she’s not involved in those types of decisions. According to Ellen, the writers may have a hard time with writing for 16 characters. Blaming the Grey’s Anatomy writers; now where have I heard that one before?
“There’s a few problems that you encounter doing a show for fourteen seasons. And one of them is the writers have a really hard time creatively. You know, thinking up new stories for all these characters. And, I mean, I think we have sixteen regular cast members. And it’s always sad when we lose people, for whatever reason, whether they want to go or they don’t want to go, doesn’t make it any easier.”
Ellen’s explanation happens at the 4:20 mark:
I’ve seen what happens to Grey’s cast members that don’t play nice. So it’s a good thing Ellen Pompeo is the Grey in Grey’s Anatomy; that’s the kind of immunity that protects you from finding yourself flipping through a script that opens with the news that Meredith Grey got squished to death in a tragic malfunctioning electric hospital bed accident.