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Ellen Pompeo Addresses Question About When She Could Leave 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo Addresses Question About When She Could Leave 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo is addressing questions about if she will be leaving Grey’s Anatomy when her contract is up at the end of season 16, which would be in 2020.

“I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about my future on the show. That’s something that Shonda Rhimes and I will do together. But I’m feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell. I was really excited to be back working with [executive producer] Krista Vernon again because we started the show together, so finishing out the show together feels really appropriate. Shonda trusts Krista. So I always follow Shonda’s instincts and she’s always right,” Ellen said to EW.

Ellen then continued, “But yes, I’m feeling like we’re coming to the end of the stories that we’ve told and that we can tell. I’m really excited to do some new things, it’s about time that I mix it up and I’m really excited about my producing career, and I’m definitely looking for a change. My children are getting older so I want to be more available to them now. I can’t be an absentee mom if they’re teenagers, I have to be around to whip their butts. So it’s definitely time for change in my life. I’m really looking forward to it and that’s the beauty of my situation.”

Finally, Ellen said, “I have definitely played this out for everything that I possibly could. I’ve given it 200 percent of my energy and my love and my time and my commitment and my dedication. I still am fighting every day to make everything surrounding this show, the quality of the show, the storytelling, I’m still fighting for everything I can, for the quality to be good, for the actors to be happy, whether that’s well received or not. I still care very much about the show and I think that it takes a lot of energy. So at some point I have to wrap it up.”

If you missed it, the cast of Grey’s posed for a photo shoot with EW to celebrate the new season!

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  • Ausangel01

    Nice. Stop other worthier actors and actresses from staying or joining because “you’re the star” and then decide it’s time to end the show once you’ve taken all the money for yourself. Unbelievable.