Ellen Pompeo Hints She May Be Ready to Leave 'Grey's Anatomy' After Season 16
By Philiana Ng
This video is unavailable because we were unable to load a message from our sponsors.
If you are using ad-blocking software, please disable it and reload the page.
Ellen Pompeo Hints at the End of 'Grey's Anatomy'
Patrick Dempsey Explains 'Grey's Anatomy' Frustrations as EP Cla…
Watch the First Promo for 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 18 and 'Statio…
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kate Walsh Reveals She’s Returning as Dr. Addi…
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss Talks ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Final Sea…
Tracee Ellis Ross Admits She's Already Crying Over End of 'Black…
Billy Porter Talks the Final Season of ‘Pose’ and Feeling Free a…
Gregg Leakes, Husband of 'Housewives' Star NeNe Leakes, Dead at …
Saweetie Shows Lots of Skin in Crystal-Covered Look at Met Gala …
Rita Ora and Taika Waititi Couple Up at the Met Gala 2021
Mandy Moore Talks Life as a New Mom at the 2021 Emmys (Exclusive)
Ed Asner, ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Star and Activist, Dead at…
Emmys 2021: The Cast of ‘Hamilton’ -- Full Backstage Interview
Emmys 2021 After-Show: Best Moments of the Night
How Justin and Hailey Bieber Feel About Fans Chanting Selena Gom…
Mj Rodriguez on the Importance of Her Emmy Nomination (Exclusive)
'Bachelor in Paradise': Natasha on the Most 'Shocking, Awful' Pa…
Melissa McCarthy Gives Sneak Peek of New Film ‘The Starling’ (Ex…
Go Behind the Scenes of ‘CBS Mornings’ With Nate Burleson (Exclu…
Could Grey's Anatomy be on its last legs?
Ahead of the season 15 premiere, Ellen Pompeo strongly hinted that she may be ready to hang up her scrubs for good following the end of the 16th season, which would be the end of the two-year contract extension she signed making her the highest-paid TV actress, earning more than $20 million per year. Though Grey's has yet to be officially picked up for season 16, it appears the 48-year-old actress is thinking about her post-Meredith Grey move.
"I'm clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell," Pompeo told Entertainment Weekly. "It's about time that I mix it up. I'm definitely looking for a change."
Creator Shonda Rhimes admitted she's written several series finales for Grey's, only to have the show continue on.
"I have written the end of the show at least six times," Rhimes told EW. "But we just don't end. Every time, I thought, 'This is how the show should end,' we've gone past those moments, so I've stopped trying."
"I have no idea now," she confessed of the ultimate Grey's swan song.
Back in May, Pompeo told ET that they were starting to ruminate on how to wrap up a show as iconic as Grey's.
"Yes, we're starting to think about how you would end a show this iconic," she said at the time. "How do you end it? But we're not there yet. We're going to focus on season 15. We just take it one season at a time."
"The show's a tremendous money maker, let's be honest. It makes a fortune for everybody and everyone wants to keep it going," Pompeo noted. "Now, it's sort of fun. We're in a contest with ourselves. How long can we keep this going and still have this level of quality."
Grey's Anatomy returns with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.