Wait, WHAT?! Ellen Pompeo hints 'Grey's Anatomy' may end after S16
Becoming the highest earning woman in a prime drama was never easy, and probably Dr. Grey is now ready to take up other challenges as well.
After signing a $20 million deal, looks like Ellen Pompeo is finally done with her longest-running show, ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy,' where she stars as the protagonist, Meredith Grey. Becoming TV's highest-paid woman, she was pretty much blamed for the departure of Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw at the end of season 14. Now, Dr. Grey is probably planning on putting down her coat and walking out.
While discussing the long-running medical drama which has probably given her the opportunity to stand above all and ask for what she deserves, Ellen told Entertainment Weekly that although she is thinking about quitting the show after the 16th season, she yet does not what she would like to do in the future. "I'm clearly not prepared right now to make any kind of formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories we can tell. It's about time that I mix it up. I'm definitely looking for a change."
However, probably the change started for her long back when she signed a booming $20 million deal in 2017 to renew her contract for the 15th and the 16th seasons of the show. While the journey to becoming the highest paying actress on a prime-time drama has certainly not been easy, Ellen gives all credits to Shonda Rhimes who herself recently signed a nine-figure deal with Netflix, for giving her the courage to go forward and ask for the best possible deal. Rhimes had told Ellen at the time, "Decide what you think you're worth and then ask for what you think you're worth. Nobody's just going to give it to you."
She told EW, "It’s been a very interesting ride, the whole topic of standing up for yourself and what it takes to get yourself emotionally to the place where you’re comfortable doing that." Since, even to this day, a lot of women do not pursue what they deserve. Ellen was also blamed for the exit of Jessica Capshaw (who played the very first LGBTQ character in the show, Arizona) and Sarah Drew (who played April), to which the actress had replied claiming that it was "unfortunate" that news outlets chose to turn women against women on "#InternationalWomensDay #shameonyounotme."
However, it seems that nothing can anymore stop Ellen from truly soaring high. Her gigantic deal in which she is supposed to earn around $575, 000 per episode (making it up to $20 million a year) has opened up several paths for her including a producing fee that she will get in this spring's 'Grey's' spinoff and will let her become the executive producer of a new legal drama series developed by her Calamity Jane production.