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Ellen Pompeo Reveals Her 'Grey's Anatomy' Salary, Becomes Highest Paid Woman on Primetime Drama

Ellen Pompeo is on the cover of THR‘s new issue discussing her reworked deal to pay her $575,000 per episode on Grey’s Anatomy (totaling over $20 million per year), making her the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama.

Here’s what the star had to share with the mag:

On how Patrick Dempsey leaving the show changed things: For me, Patrick [Dempsey] leaving the show [in 2015] was a defining moment, deal-wise. They could always use him as leverage against me — ‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’ — which they did for years. I don’t know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me. And I could have walked away, so why didn’t I? It’s my show; I’m the number one. I’m sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, “I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house.”

On how she negotiated her record-breaking new deal: “What happened is that I went to Shonda and I said, ‘If you’re moving on to Netflix and you want the show to go down, I’m cool with that. But if you want it to continue, I need to be incentivized. I need to feel empowered and to feel ownership of this show.’”

On her meeting with Harvey Weinstein: “My agent once sent me to see Harvey, too. I went right up to his room at the Peninsula, which I would never normally do, but Harvey was a New York guy, so it made sense. Plus, it was in the middle of the day, and he had an assistant there. He didn’t try anything on me. Had he, I’m a little rough around the edges and I grew up around some very tough people, so I probably would have picked up a vase and cracked him over the f*cking head. But I also feel completely comfortable saying that I walked into that room batting the shit out of my eyelashes. My goal in that room was to charm him, as it is in most rooms like that.”

For more from Ellen, and to find out the full details of her money incentives on the show, visit HollywoodReporter.com. Ellen‘s new deal is for two more seasons.

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Ellen Pompeo Shares Her Love for Tiffany Haddish!

Ellen Pompeo is all smiles as she leaves E Baldi restaurant after lunch on Thursday afternoon (January 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 48-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star tried to keep a low profile in an all black outfit while wearing sunglasses and a gray hat as she spent the afternoon grabbing lunch with a friend.

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Later that night, Ellen took to Twitter to share her love for Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish after her hilarious acceptance speech at last night’s 2018 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

“Yeah she does…. her AUTHENTICITY is everything and so so rare 😍,” Ellen tweeted along with a link to Tiffany‘s speech.

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Ellen Pompeo Runs Errands with Her Adorable Dog Tino!

Ellen Pompeo holds her pet pooch Tino with one hand while running errands around town on Thursday (December 21) in Los Angeles.

The 48-year-old Grey’s Anatomy actress was dressed casually in a turtleneck sweater and jeans with an oversized tote bag.

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Ellen reportedly just sold her home in the Hollywood Hills for $2.075 million after paying $1.226 million for it nearly ten years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper also reports the property had been leased out in recent months.

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Ellen Pompeo & Jim Parsons Sit Courtside at Lakers Game!

Ellen Pompeo and Jim Parsons sit in courtside seats while watching the Lakers game on Sunday night (December 3) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The television stars were joined by their husbands, Chris Ivery and Todd Spiewak, respectively. They watched as the Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets, 118-95.

Ellen recently shared an article about a journalist’s reasoning for why she will never watch a Woody Allen movie again. The actress added, “Also never really understood the thirst of women who work with him and consider it an achievement it’s so confusing.”

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Ellen Pompeo Stops By 'The View' on Her Birthday!

Ellen Pompeo made a special appearance on her birthday!

The Grey’s Anatomy star was spotted heading out of The View studios on Friday (November 10) in New York City.

Ellen looked cute and casual in a blue ensemble paired with a black jacket as she waved to fans.

That same day, Ellen celebrated her 48th birthday!

She took to her Instagram to share a cute video with her daughter Stella while she threw confetti around their house.

“Thank you for all the birthday wishes 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉” she captioned the vid.

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Ellen Pompeo Reveals How She Felt About 'Grey's Anatomy' Lookalike Cast Members for 300th Episode

Ellen Pompeo waves to her fans as she leaves Good Morning America on Thursday (November 9) in New York City.

The Grey’s Anatomy star was on hand to talk about the 300th episode of the show, airing tonight!

It was revealed that lookalikes of the original cast will be making appearances to pay homage to the show’s former members.

“It’s an homage to the original cast in the form of lookalikes. When I first read the script I was a little, you know, I felt some type of way about it because I have an affection for those people and I thought you can’t certainly recreate them or copy them. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m into this idea,’” Ellen said. “But then when I saw the actors come on set, then I felt a whole other type of way and I got really nostalgic.”

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Ellen Pompeo Always Thinks It's the 'Last Year' for 'Grey's Anatomy': 'I Say It Every Single Year'

Ellen Pompeo made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday evening (November 6) and dished about not believing that Grey’s Anatomy would still be around after fourteen seasons.

“Every year I keep saying ‘this is the last year, they’re definitely gonna get sick of us, the ratings are going to plummet and we’re over at the end of this year.’ I say it every single year and it never happens,” the 47-year-old actress told host Seth. “I can’t believe people aren’t sick of me yet.”

“I do my best and we all do our best. It’s actually the journey of it has been quite interesting because obviously we’ve had our ups and downs behind the scenes,” Ellen added. “I love that the journey as a whole, it started out one way and right now where we are is such a different place from where we started. It’s been a very interesting journey.”

Ellen also talked about directing episodes for the hit show: “I really think every actor should direct because it’s a completely different view point – but again, I’m super blessed because Shonda Rhimes has allowed me to evolve with the show with directing and helping to produce. Now I have more ownership with the show and much more of a say.”


Ellen Pompeo Reflects on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s 14 Seasons

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