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Fan Favorites Arizona and April Won't Return to Grey's Anatomy

Fans Are Devastated to Hear Some Favorites Will Be Written Off

Grey's Anatomy is no stranger to heartbreak and it seems there's more to come. News has rattled the fanbase when it was revealed that two longtime fan favorites will be departing after season 14. Marking the end of an era, Dr. Arizona Robbins played by Jessica Capshaw for 10 seasons and Dr. April Kepner played by Sarah Drew for 9 have been written off by the showrunners. Playing these rolls for 10 and 9 seasons respectively, it will be an emotional moment for those who saw themselves in these women and have followed their stories.

Arizona Robbins has been an important character for the LGBTQ community and many people feel disheartened at the loss of this representation. Shonda Rhimes has a passion for inclusivity on television and released a statement in response saying, "It's always hard for me to say goodbye to any of my characters. Both Arizona Robbins and April Kepner are not only beloved but iconic — both the LBGTQ and devout Christian communities are underrepresented on TV."

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While Grey's Anatomy isn't technically renewed for another season, this cash cow shows no sign of stopping as it has negotiated the new salary of $10 million a season for its lead, Ellen Pompeo. As a result fans were quick to cast doubt and blame onto the show's star because of her newly signed two-year deal and hefty salary increase, but it seems this wasn't a result of Pompeo but the producers decision.

Showrunner Vernoff was quick to release a statement saying these accusations are, "wrong and hurtful and misguided," elaborating that, "it smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman's success will be costly to others." Pompeo, who is an avid supporter of her fellow female cast members and women in general, said in addition that these character write offs were, "above her paygrade."

It shouldn't be a surprise to fans of the show that this was a creative decision and not just a financial one, given how long the series has stayed on air accumulating heartbreaking character departures.

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The decision seems to have been abrupt with both the fans and women blindsided but there doesn't seem to be strong ill will between the showrunners and the actresses. Everyone involved had nothing but kind words about their experiences. Vernoff stated that, "as writers, our job is to follow the stories where they want to go and sometimes that means saying goodbye to characters we love. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with these phenomenally talented actresses."

After years of writing beautiful and heartbreaking farewells there is some hope they will get this right. Hopefully the writers will recognize the importance these characters in particular played in their show and in people's lives, and will give them the memorable finale that they deserve.

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Former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Tom Brokaw is the Newest Name To Break During the Me Too Movement

The growing list of men accused of sexual misconduct shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. The newest addition is the former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.

The anchor, who retired in 2004, is now facing allegations from former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester. She claims in a recent series of interviews with Variety that Brokaw, "tried to force her to kiss him on two separate occasions," as well as groped her and showed up unprompted to her hotel room.

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Brokaw has spoken out in response by denying any misconduct. The statement he provided to NBC News claims that he met with Linda Vester at her request on two occasions to provide advice about her career. Brokaw said, "The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate and despite Linda's allegations I made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other."

These new allegations should come as no surprise breaking just months after another NBC News achor, Matt Lauer, was fired following allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. In response to Lauer's firing the NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent out a memo stating that Lauer exposed failures within the organization. The memo was released last December and stated, "Many of you have asked what we are doing to learn as much as we can about the circumstances around Matt Lauer's appalling behavior, why this was able to happen, and why it wasn't reported sooner."

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While Andy Lack's memo highlights the recognition that these behaviors should never have been able to carry on for so long it also points out the fact that Lauer was probably not the only predator to benefit from the system. Brokaw was an NBC News anchor in the same institution which failed Lauer's victims afterall. In her interviews, Vester casts doubt on the validity of NBC News taking their responsibilities to female employees seriously. NBC launched an internal review following Lauer's firing but they didn't bring in an external review, a step that Vester thinks is critical to the restructuring of NBC's culture.

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With the progression of the #MeToo movement and in the wake of Bill Cosby's guilty verdict these allegations are a bittersweet moment for those seeking justice. It shows that it should not matter whether your harassment and crimes are relics of decades past, because while time might have hidden your indiscretions it did not excuse or eliminate them. You can still be accused, exposed, and brought to justice even if you've escaped it in the past.


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