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Ellen Pompeo Reveals The Reasons She Chose To Stay on 'Grey's Anatomy' When Everyone Else Was Leaving

Ellen Pompeo is opening up about the reason behind her choice to stay on Grey’s Anatomy, while her co-stars have left the long-running ABC series.

The 50-year-old actress, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey on the show, spoke on Spotify’s Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast about her decision.

“For me, personally, a healthy home life was more important than career. I didn’t grow up with a particularly happy childhood. So the idea that I have this great husband and these three beautiful children [and] a happy home life was really something I needed to complete, to close the hole in my heart,” Ellen says. “And so I made a decision to make money, and not chase creative acting roles.”

She continued. “I don’t like chasing anything ever, and acting to me, in my experience, was a lot of chasing. You’ve got to chase roles, you’ve got to beg for roles, you’ve got to convince people … and although I produce and it’s the same kind of thing, I think I still do it from a place of, I’m never that thirsty because I’m financially set.”

Ellen also says that her age did sway her in her choice to stay on the show, too.

“If I started the show when I was younger, [like] 25, I probably would have dipped out when I was 31, 32, [when] my six-year contract was up, but my age had a lot to do with it,” she added.

Ellen went on, “I knew coming up on 40, it’s like, I don’t want to be out there chasing things, running after things, begging. I’d rather just see this as the blessing that it is.”

It was revealed that Ellen is the highest paid women on primetime television, earning $575,000 per episode.

Last year, Ellen opened up further about her choice to stay on the series.

Ellen Pompeo & Husband Chris Ivery Go Hiking Together at Griffith Park

Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery are exercising together.

The 50-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star and the 53-year-old producer were spotted taking a hike at Griffith Park near their home on Tuesday (June 23) in Los Feliz, Calif. amid the global health crisis.

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Ellen and Chris were both seen wearing masks as they headed home from their hiking session together. The two were also seen hiking together a week before.

If you didn’t know, Chris is a longtime music executive and producer. He and Ellen have been married since 2007 and share three kids – daughters Sienna and Stella and son Eli.

Find out what happened at the end of Grey’s Anatomy Season 16, which was cut short due to the pandemic.

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Ellen Pompeo Goes for a Hike with Husband Chris Ivery

Ellen Pompeo steps out in her Adidas gear while going for a hike with her husband Chris Ivery on Monday evening (June 15) in Los Feliz, Calif.

The married couple hit the trails at Griffith Park at the end of the day.

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Earlier this month, Ellen was spotted going for a hike with one of her co-stars from the hit ABC series Grey’s Anatomy. You’ll definitely want to check out those photos!

If you didn’t know, Chris is a longtime music executive and producer. They have been married since 2007 and share three kids – daughters Sienna and Stella and son Eli.

Find out what happened at the end of Grey’s season 16, which was cut short due to the pandemic.

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Ellen Pompeo Makes A Key Observation About the Differences Between Black Lives Matter Protests & Every Other Protest

Ellen Pompeo wears a cute peach jumpsuit while out and about in Los Angeles over the weekend.

The 50-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star stopped to pick up a healthy drink before continuing on with her errands of the day.

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After attending a protest last week in support of Black Lives Matter, Ellen noticed a key difference between that, and every other protest she’s attended.

“I’ve been to other protests. I’ve never seen police with machine guns [there],” she noted in her Instagram Story. “I’ve never seen the National Guard with machine guns. We’re at a march for black lives, and we’re here to talk about the fact that they matter. And there’s machine guns—big ones—and aggression.”

Ellen continued that that police presence was everywhere: “They’re on rooftops, they’re in cars, they’re in tanks, and I haven’t ever seen that show of force and that show—not that it’s as forceful as a lot that we’ve seen, but, I mean, we’re in the middle of the day here.”

“At other protests, I’ve never seen that amount of ammunition. So, I’m just wondering why that is: Why at the Women’s March there’s no machine guns. Why at Pride marches there’s no machine guns. But the Black Lives Matter march, machine guns everywhere. I don’t know. You tell me.”

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Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo & Giacomo Gianniotti Reunite for a Hike

Ellen Pompeo steps out for some exercise with her longtime friend and co-star Giacomo Gianniotti on Friday morning (June 5) in Los Feliz, Calif.

The Grey’s Anatomy co-stars were spotted on a hike that morning.

Just one day earlier, Ellen took to Instagram to share a video that Giacomo made about his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“BEAUTIFUL WORDS LOVE YOU,” Ellen commented on Giacomo‘s page. She then shared the video to her own account.

“This is for the people who need to hear this not for the ones who don’t. Please don’t be overly critical as it leads to people being scared to speak out which equals silence which is deadly. He is coming with this message from a place of love and that is what the mission is LOVE❤️,” Ellen wrote on her page.

Watch the video below.

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Ellen Pompeo Takes A Knee During Protest In Los Angeles

Ellen Pompeo wears an all white look while taking part in a protest in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon (June 3).

The 50-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star joined a few friends who were holding up Black Lives Matter signs while taking over the street.

Ellen even took a knee with several other protesters.

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Over the weekend, Ellen called out several big corporations to make a statement against the systemic racism.

“Corporate America stand up! You don’t get to stay silent you have power …ALL the power in fact …to help change happen @Walmart @Verizon @ATT please retweet and keep the pressure up,” she wrote on Twitter.

Later on, Ellen commended her own network, ABC, for making one. Read it here!

To donate to Black Lives Matter and learn more about the movement, see JustJared.com‘s full list of resources.

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Ellen Pompeo & Kate Walsh Laugh About One of the Most Iconic 'Grey's Anatomy' Moments!

Ellen Pompeo and Kate Walsh are making us feel so nostalgic!

The Grey’s Anatomy stars took to Twitter on Friday (May 22) to look back at one of the most iconic moments from the season one of their hit show.

“Unreal that today marks 15 years ago to the day since this little lady walked on to your screen and checked ya for screwing her husband,” Kate wrote on Twitter along with a clip from the season one finale when her character Addison first met Meredith (Pompeo), who was having an affair with her husband Derek (played by Patrick Dempsey).

Ellen then commented on Kate‘s post, writing, “”@katewalsh thank god I messed with your hubby!! Face with tears of joyFace with tears of joyFace with tears of joy it worked out well for us both!!! Love you so much and THAT scene …when your character showed up …was such a defining moment for this show. From that point on we had them hooked!!!”