Ellen Pompeo Breaks Silence on Her Limited ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Role


Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey in ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’
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Do not worry about the little things. You can take a step back after you have taken a step back. Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo opened up about why she wasn’t worried about the break.

“I’m going to always be a part of that show,” the actress, 52, told DeadlineFriday, September 9th: Details about her part time status for season 19. “I’m an executive producer. I spent the first 20 years of my career in this industry. [Grey’s Anatomy] — it’s my heart and soul. I’ll never truly be gone as long as [it’s] on the air.”

Pompeo noted that the hit ABC series will be “just fine without” her because it found such success since its debut in 2005. The series, which was created in 2005 by Shonda Rhimes, also parted ways previously with long-time cast members such as Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, T. R. Knight, Isaiah WashingtonAnd Patrick Dempsey.

August reported that Pompeo would appear in only eight episodes in the upcoming season. The Boston native will concentrate on her work as executive producer and leader for an untitled Hulu limited show. The show will be based on a true story and will explore KristineAnd Michael Barnet‘s experience with adopting an orphan — who was later accused of being a con-artist.

“Hopefully, [Grey’s]Fans [will watch],” Pompeo added on Friday about her first starring role since Grey’s Anatomy. “I know there’s no guarantee of that. But I’m going to put the same heart and passion into that. It’s just eight little episodes, so it won’t take too much of your time.”

The Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress has spoken out about moving on ahead of her shocking departure. “I feel like I’m the super naive one who keeps saying, ‘But what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?’ Everyone’s like, ‘Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars,’” she told InsiderDecember 2021

At the time, Pompeo noted that she has been “trying to focus on convincing everybody” that the medical drama has run its course. The Moonlight MileStar later hinted that she was thinking of ending her run as Dr. Meredith Grey.

“Shonda and I, I think — we’ll see, we’ll see,” she told Entertainment TonightMay is about leaving Grey’s Anatomy. “Trying to reinvent the show and continually trying to reinvent the show is the challenge at this point.”

Pompeo continued: “Listen, the show speaks to a lot of people, and the young people love the show. It’s inspired so many generations of healthcare workers, so, I think for the young people, it’s a really good piece of content and we’re going to try to keep it going for the young people, not necessarily with me, but keep it going beyond me.”

Grey’s AnatomyABC will premiere season 19 on Thursday, October 6th, at 9:59 p.m. ET.