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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16 Cut Short by Pandemic, Final 4 Episodes Will Not Be Filmed

Grey’s Anatomy will not resume production on season 16 after being one of the first shows to shut down during the current health crisis.

Only 21 out of the 25 episodes planned for this season have been completed and the season will now end on April 9, according to THR.

Grey’s Anatomy, which stars Ellen Pompeo, has already been renewed for a 17th season, but it’s unclear when the show will be able to begin production on those upcoming episodes. No shows are currently filming and they will not resume work until it’s safe to do so.

Fellow Shondaland series How to Get Away with Murder‘s final season is currently airing, but it wrapped production a while ago and will air as planned.

Grey’s Anatomy and its sister series Station 19 have both stepped up and donated medical equipment to hospitals in need during the pandemic.

Make sure to read about the big twist that happened during the March 26 episode of Grey’s!

Ellen Pompeo Thanks Medical Professionals Working During Coronavirus Pandemic

Ellen Pompeo is sending her love and appreciation for the doctors, nurses and emergency service workers who are working during the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking to her Instagram, the 50-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star expressed her respect for medical professionals.

“This is my nurses and doctors and all the health-care workers appreciation post,” Ellen started. “Many of us have the privilege to self-quarantine and isolate and try to stay healthy, and none of you have that privilege. You all have to be on the front lines of this thing and what is certainly bad now but will most definitely get worse in the next couple of weeks.”

She added, “So this is just from me and my family to all of you to say thank you. We appreciate you, we love you. Stay safe. Nurses rock, doctors rock, and anyone who works in a hospital or the health-care industry, you rock.”

Ellen has starred as Dr. Meredith Grey on the hit ABC show for 16 seasons.

If you missed it, she was just spotted with a former intern on the show!

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With Love and gratitude ❤️🙏🏼.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Shuts Down Production Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Grey’s Anatomy has suspended production for at least two weeks.

The hit ABC series has shut down filming due to the coronavirus outbreak, Deadline reports.

The news comes as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has also called for a limit on public gatherings to 50 people or less.

The cast and crew just wrapped production on Episode 21 of the show’s 25-episode 16th season.

Executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff and executive producers Debbie Allen and James D. Parriott wrote the following to the cast and crew:

“To Our Incredible Cast and Crew:

Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately. We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves.

This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups of more than 50.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands frequently. Please take care of yourselves and each other. As updates come in, we will keep you informed.

Thank you for all that you do!”

Get the latest coronavirus updates here.

Ellen Pompeo & TR Knight Reunite After Alex Karev's Final Episode of 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo walks side by side with TR Knight after a lunch date in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon (March 6).

The two former Grey’s Anatomy co-stars picked up some lunch at Joan’s on Third and headed back to their cars together.

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Ellen and TR, who played intern George, reunited just hours after Justin Chambers‘ final episode of Alex Karev aired on ABC.

“For me personally for Karev to go back to the beginning…. was the best possible storyline,” Ellen shared about the characters’ send off. “It pays homage to those incredible first years and the incredible cast …that created a foundation so strong that the show is still standing. So let’s not be sad.”

If you missed it, Alex Karev said goodbye to Seattle for [SPOILER].

You can read what the showrunner shared about Justin‘s exit now.

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Ellen Pompeo Shares Her Opinion on the Ending of Karev's Storyline on 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo has written a letter to fans following a pivotal episode of her show Grey’s Anatomy, which included the farewell of original cast member Justin Chambers‘ character Alex Karev.

In the episode, we found out that Alex will not be returning to his wife Jo and he has instead reunited with his ex-wife Izzie (played by Katherine Heigl), who secretly gave birth to their twins a decade ago.

The reaction from fans to this conclusion to Karev’s storyline has been very mixed, with some hardcore fans very upset by what happened. 50% of our readers voted in our poll that they would’ve ended things differently.

“Hi here I go again … Thank YOU! You are truly the best most passionate most loyal fans anyone could ever ask for. Because of you we got to make great tv… because of you we got to make television history!” Ellen wrote on Instagram. “I say often life is hard and thank God it is because like I tell my kids… it shows us what we are made …of how strong we really are and let’s face it… without the lows there would be no dancing it out or celebrating this incredible experience we call life.”

“Thanks to our national treasure @therealdebbieallen and the writers for giving Alex Karev the best send off. Thanks to @shondarhimes for creating the most amazing character. For me personally for Karev to go back to the beginning…. was the best possible storyline,” Ellen said.

She added, “It pays homage to those incredible first years and the incredible cast …that created a foundation so strong that the show is still standing. So let’s not be sad. As our fearless leader DA always says let’s PULL UP and celebrate the actors the writers and the fantastic crew who make this show come to life every week. No matter what the challenge or how tired we all are in the end… you keep us going…..That is worth dancing it out over! So much love and gratitude to you all. Xo E.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of the conclusion of Alex Karev’s storyline?

Katherine Heigl Debuts New Look & 'Grey's Anatomy' Co-Star Ellen Pompeo Shares Her Thoughts!

Katherine Heigl debuted a brand new look on her Instagram account!

The actress posted a photo of her new hair, which is short and brunette.

In addition, fans are loving that Katherine‘s former Grey’s Anatomy co-star Ellen Pompeo commented on the photo. You can see what she wrote in response to Katherine‘s post in the gallery!

Katherine starred on Grey’s Anatomy for several seasons, but officially hasn’t appeared since 2010. Ellen is still starring on the show. In early seasons, Katherine and Ellen had numerous scenes together in their roles as Izzy and Meredith.

Katherine made a different change to her hair just a few months ago!

Check out the photos Katherine posted, and see what Ellen wrote…

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Ellen Pompeo Slams Media Outlet for Coverage of Kobe Bryant's Crash

Ellen Pompeo is calling out a media outlet for how it handled coverage of Kobe Bryant‘s fatal helicopter crash.

The 50-year-old Grey’s Anatomy star took to Twitter on Tuesday (January 28) to voice her concerns, specifically with regard to TMZ and its founder, Harvey Levin.

“I wonder why police departments give @HarveyLevinTMZ all this sensitive info?” Ellen wrote. “I wonder why @HarveyLevinTMZ puts out photos of women who have been attacked or assaulted. …Who were victims ? Exploiting women who have been abused… why is this guy still in business at all?”

“So many questions I have …if we are not tolerating abuse anymore… shouldn’t we be calling this out?” she continued. “Exploiting women who have been abused… exploiting the brutal sudden death of peoples loved ones is certainly emotional abuse… I call times up on his behavior.”

She added, “We should be furious about the history of this media outlet regarding women… it’s not news it’s exploitation.”

See the rest of Ellen Pompeo‘s tweets below.

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