Ellen Pompeo Revealed She's Been (Unsuccessfully) Trying To Convince People To End "Grey's Anatomy"

by Ricardo Johnson

“And everyone’s like, 'Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.'"

If you've ever wondered why Grey's Anatomy is still airing after 18 whole seasons, you're not the only one. Ellen Pompeo is kind of over it too.

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Ellen, a producer on the series and its titular star — head surgeon Meredith Grey — revealed in a new interview with Insider that she's been campaigning behind the scenes to end the series.

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"I've been trying to focus on convincing everybody that it should end," the 52-year-old actor said. "​I feel like I'm the super naïve one who keeps saying, 'But what's the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?'"

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Unfortunately for her, no one else is on the same page. She continued, "Everyone's like, 'Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.'"

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I'm really sorry to all the die-hard Grey's fans out there, but this is — objectively —the most hilarious thing to me.

The show, which premiered in 2005, initially contracted Ellen for the role of Meredith up until Season 8. But in 2012, the actor — who is now one of the highest paid actresses on TV — assured fans she would stay on longer.

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She signed another two-year deal in 2014 but, speaking at a BuzzFeed-hosted panel, revealed she might quit acting post-Grey's. When that contract expired, she told Cosmopolitan that she thinks about the medical drama series' end "a lot" and it's something that she and creator Shonda Rhimes frequently discuss. 

For a while afterward, though, Ellen said she wouldn't want to end the series, since ratings remained steady. That is until 2018, when she told Entertainment Weekly that she felt ready for a "change."

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“I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories we can tell,” Ellen said. “It’s about time that I mix it up." She later walked that statement back, saying there's "no end in sight." She added, "I got to keep doing it, man, because we're touching lives and making a difference.” 

The last thing Ellen said about the show's end came ahead of the 2021 Emmys. "I've been trying to get away for years," she told Entertainment Tonight . "I have been trying. It's not because I haven't been trying. I have strong relationships at the network and they have been very, very good to me and have incentivized me to stay."

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She continued, saying that "miraculously" writers keep finding new stories to tell. You can click here for a full, dizzying breakdown on everything she's said about the show thus far.

In conclusion, this is what I imagine took place at ABC headquarters:

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