Sarah Drew finally speaks out about Grey’s Anatomy firing


Sarah Drew was fired from Grey’s Anatomy last season, which meant the loss of April Kepner. She is now speaking out for the first time about her removal from the series.

The Hollywood Reporter got the chance to be Sarah Drew’s first interview since her departure from the show. Sarah actually got a recent Emmy nomination that she is excited about from her work on Grey’s Anatomy. This was for the short-form series B-Team which she directed.

Sarah shared saying, “My confidence had gotten a bit shaken in the wake of being let go, and the nomination after the fact made me go, ‘I don’t need to be worried about anything or have my confidence shaken.” Of course, anyone would have issues with confidence after getting fired from a show they had worked on for so long.

This was actually the first time that Sarah Drew had directed and it was for the six-part web series. Obviously, she did a great job with it or she wouldn’t have received this nomination. Sarah admitted she knew it would be submitted for a nomination, but of course, never knew if it would actually get one. Maybe Sarah has found something new she should look into pursuing. She admitted that she is looking into acting, but also directing and producing. You never know where Sarah Drew is going to end up next.

Right now, Sarah Drew is looking at it as her “rebirth.” She is starting totally over and getting out there making connections.

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When Sarah Drew found out she was getting fired, she was shadowing Kevin McKidd in hopes that she would eventually get to direct an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. After the news, she went to her trailer cried and called her people. She talked to her husband and decided to keep shadowing him so she could continue to learn.

Sarah said she shadowed Kevin until she got the job as Cagney and had to leave to go shoot CBS’ Cagney & Lacey. Sarah Drew does believe everything happens for a reason. CBS didn’t end up picking the show up, though.

"“[Being let go] was painful when it happened, but, in retrospect, I think it would have been hard for me to walk away from that job. I was on it for nine years. It feels right and it feels like a good time to move on to something else with all the great love in my heart that I have for everybody and respect and gratitude for what that experience was. Playing a character for nine years is a long haul.”"

Sarah Drew really hoped April and Jackson would be endgame, which isn’t what happened, but she was also happy with the way that April’s story ended on the show.

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Were you shocked when Sarah Drew got fired from Grey’s Anatomy? Do you feel like this was the right decision? Let us know in the comments below and don’t miss Grey’s Anatomy when it returns to ABC this fall.