Grey’s anatomy Creator Shonda Rhimes and series star Ellen Pompeo have both said the long-running ABC sickness drama will end when the actress decides to walk away.
The series, which debuted in 2005, has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, but the creative team behind the scenes wants to make sure everyone is happy with the ending when the time comes.
“I never thought I would stay on the show for so long. It happened and here I am. It was this incredible platform for me and allowed me to be able to stay home with my kids so much and not travel and live the circus life of an actor,” she said diversity in 2020. “So I figured staying on a TV show for so many years wasn’t the road less traveled, but actually it’s the road less traveled. And that was ironic.”
Despite saying she has “no expectations” for the show’s eventual ending, she does have an idea for Meredith Grey’s final installment.
In January 2018, after 14 seasons, Pompeo opened up about her fight for equal pay on the show and narrated The Hollywood Reporter that she was trying to negotiate with the former costar Patrick Dempsey. (Dempsey left the show in 2015 and returned for a multi-episode arc in 2020.)
“They could always use him as leverage against me – ‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’ – which they did for years. I don’t know if they did that to him because he and I never discussed our deals,” she recalled at the time. “There were many times I cared about negotiating together but he was never interested. At one point I charged $5,000 more than him on principle because that’s the way the show is Grey’s anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me.”
Eventually, she got her request and became one of the highest paid actresses on television, bringing in nearly $20 million a year. So what will happen when this ends?
“I can do anything I want or do nothing at all,” the producer continued CBS this morning in 2021.
Scroll through the gallery below for everything the actress said about the show’s ending.
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