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Ellen Pompeo Gets Candid About High Profile Grey's Exits

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10/07/2013 1:50 pm
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Ellen Pompeo Gets Candid About High Profile Grey's Exits
Media Courtesy of The Mirror

Rosie Clarke

Staff Writer

At least we can rest assured that Meredith ain’t going no-where any time soon! It’s no secret that the most successful medical drama in years has had more than its fair share of behind the scenes drama as well... But according to the show’s leading lady, it all boils down to ego in the end. “Actors always think the grass is greener somewhere else — I didn’t want to do that. I have an amazing life. I have a house five minutes from the studio, I have a house in the Hamptons, a house in Malibu, a beautiful daughter whom I see every night, and it’s all because I didn’t leave Grey’s Anatomy.” Wise words from Ms Pompeo, who spoke to the New York Post recently. When asked about two of the show’s more headline-grabbing departures, she wasn’t afraid to dish some serious deets. Katherine Heigl’s confusing exit 4 years ago was “tough” according to her. “You could understand why she wanted to go — when you’re offered $12 million a movie and you’re only 26. But Katie’s problem is that she should not have [extended] her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off.” Heigl publicly announced on The View last year that she would love to return to Grey’s but obviously producers never took her up on the offer. As much as we love Izzy, if what Ellen Pompeo alludes to is true then at least we can understand why Shonda doesn’t seem too eager to oblige. Pompeo also admitted that one of the reasons Isaiah Washington didn’t get Patrick Dempsey’s McDreamy role was: “I didn’t want him. It was too close to home. I said I wanted that Dempsey kid. I think that once Isaiah did not get the role it backfired.” All in all, Pompeo explains all the early drama away as repercussions of “hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks [that] started things spinning out of control”. “The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work. Maybe it is my Boston, blue-collar upbringing. I just tried to not pay attention to all the noise around me.” Good choice Pompeo, we salute you. Catch Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday on ABC. Here’s a promo:


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