Ellen Pompeo Breaks Silence on Her Limited ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Role

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Gray in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. ABC/Eric McCandless

Don’t sweat the small stuff. After choosing to step back Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo explained why she wasn’t worried about the break.

“I will always be a part of this show,” the 52-year-old actress said. Deadline on Friday, September 9, about her part-time status for Season 19. “I’m an executive producer. I have spent two decades of my career [Grey’s Anatomy] – it’s my heart and my soul. I’ll never really be gone until [it’s] on the waves.

Pompeo noted that the hit ABC series will be “great without” her because she’s been so successful since debuting in 2005. The series, which was created by Shonda Rhimesalso parted ways with longtime cast members including Sandra Oh, Catherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, Knight TR, Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey.

It was reported in August that Pompeo would only star in eight episodes of the upcoming season. The Boston native will focus on her work as lead and executive producer of an untitled Hulu limited series. The show, inspired by a true story, will explore Christina and Michael BarnettThe adoption experience of an orphan – who was later accused of being a con man.

“With a bit of luck, [Grey’s] Fans [will watch]“, Pompeo added Friday about his first starring role since Grey’s Anatomy. “I know there’s no guarantee of that. But I will put the same heart and the same passion into it. It’s only eight small episodes, so it won’t take too long.

Before her shock departure, the Golden Globe nominee was candid about her intentions to move on. “I feel like the super naive who keeps saying, ‘What’s the story going to be, what’s the story are we going to tell?’ Everyone says, ‘Who cares, Ellen? It makes millions of dollars,'” she said. Initiated in December 2021.

At the time, Pompeo noted that she was “trying to concentrate on convincing everyone” that the medical drama had run its course. The thousand moonlight The star later hinted that she was considering a way to end her run as Dr Meredith Grey.

“Shonda and I think – we’ll see, we’ll see,” she said. entertainment tonight in may on departure Grey’s Anatomy. “Trying to reinvent the show and continually trying to reinvent the show is the challenge at this point.”

Pompeo continued, “Listen, the show speaks to a lot of people and young people love the show. It’s inspired so many generations of healthcare workers, so I think for young people it’s really good content and we’ll try to keep it for young people, not necessarily with me, but keep it up. beyond me.”

Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 airs on ABC on Thursday, October 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

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