Wishing her one of the best. Gray’s Anatomy, creator Shonda Rhimes opened up about Ellen Pompeo leaving the medical drama — and shared a heartfelt response to the actress’ exit.
“What a wild journey these previous 19 seasons have been,” the Shondaland founder, 52, wrote through Instagram on Thursday, November 17. “None of it might have been potential with out the incomparable @ellenpompeo, the one and solely Meredith Gray. In true #greysanatomy trend…this isn’t a goodbye, it’s a see ya later! Can’t wait to see what’s in retailer for Ellen, Meredith and Gray Sloan Memorial.”
Pompeo, 53, introduced the information of her impending departure from the ABC sequence earlier on Thursday. She’s been taking part in titular character Meredith Gray for the reason that present premiered in 2005.
“I’m eternally grateful and humbled by the love and assist you might have all proven me, Meredith GREY and the present for 19 seasons!” the SAG winner shared through Instagram on the time. “By all of it … none of it …would have been potential with out one of the best followers on this planet. You all are RIDERS and also you all have made the journey so enjoyable and ICONIC!!”
In August, information broke that the Catch Me If You Can star was set to look in a restricted variety of episodes for season 19. TV Line reported on the time, nonetheless, that Pompeo would proceed working behind the scenes on the drama as an government producer and narrator.
The next month, the Massachusetts native elaborated on her choice to take a step again. “I’m going to at all times be part of that present,” she instructed Deadline in September. “I’m an government producer. I spent 20 years of my profession on [Grey’s Anatomy] — it’s my coronary heart and soul. I’ll by no means really be gone so long as [it’s] on the air.”
Earlier this month, ABC revealed the date of Pompeo’s remaining episode teasing that “Meredith leaves Seattle to start once more.” One of many plot factors of this season is Meredith’s choice to go away for Boston. The present’s winter premiere, titled “I’ll Observe the Solar,” will air on February 23 of subsequent yr. “Massive final day!” Meredith says within the clip.
Over time, the Golden Globe nominee has been candid about her want to exit the medical present and her costars have weighed in.
“She’s been working so laborious on this function for thus lengthy,” Sarah Drew, who performed Dr. April Kepner, solely instructed Us Weekly in September. “It is sensible that she needs to take a breather and pursue another issues — and nonetheless maintain her foot within the door. … I want her one of the best.”
In October, Jaicy Elliot gave Us perception on Pompeo’s exit and what viewers can count on from the remainder of the present season. “Even when she’s not there, she’s the DNA of the present,” the actress, who performs Taryn Helm, mentioned. “So, she’s so current within the present. And also you’ll get to know the interns, and so they remind me of the primary technology [of interns]. The present [is] very a lot what you need it to be. It’s [a] throwback. It’s actually enjoyable.”