Ellen Pompeo Returning to 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 21 for at Least 7 Episodes

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Ellen Pompeo is coming back to 'Grey's Anatomy!' She'll be in at least seven season 21 episodes.

Meredith Grey will be making her way back to Grey Sloan Memorial! Ellen Pompeo is set to return in her iconic Grey's Anatomy role for the show's 21st season, multiple outlets report.

Per the outlets, Pompeo's Meredith will appear in at least seven episodes of season 21, which will be made up of 18 episodes total. ET has reached out to ABC for comment.

Back in season 19, Pompeo, 54, exited the medical drama as a series regular with Meredith setting off for a new life in Boston. 

"I'm 53. My brain is like scrambled eggs," the actress said on the Drew Barrymore Show of the reason for her departure. "I gotta do something new... I mean, 19 years, that's more than people keep their kids in their house, like, people keep their kids in their house until they're 18 and then they send them off to college. So this is like me like going away to college."

However, Pompeo assured fans that Meredith wouldn't be gone for good, telling ET, "It's still Grey's, she's still there in spirit and that's the house that Grey built, so she's always there. She just has to step away for a little bit."

True to her word, Pompeo popped up on Grey's Anatomy's season 20 premiere and finale, as well as three other episodes throughout the season.

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on 'Grey's Anatomy.' - Liliane Lathan/ABC via Getty Images

Also returning for season 21 is Jason George's Ben Warren, who left Grey's as a series regular to star on its spinoff, Station 19, which has since aired its series finale

The exciting returns come amid news of Jake Borelli and Midori Francis' planned exits from the series after wrapping up their storylines as Levi Schmitt and Mika Yasuda, respectively.

When Grey's was renewed for its 21st season in April, series creator Shonda Rhimes spoke out in a statement to ET.

"The loyalty and love of Grey's Anatomy fans has propelled us into a historic 21st season, and I could not be more grateful," she said. "[Showrunner] Meg Marinis' storytelling is a gift that continues to keep the show vibrant, compelling and alive, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for next season."