"Grey's Anatomy" Season 16 May Be The "End Of Story' For Ellen Pompeo And This Saddens Fans

It’s hard to imagine the medical drama without the main female protagonist, Meredith Grey. Throughout the years, many things have happened to her, and although other characters have disappeared from the show, she keeps going strong. However, that may change in a couple of years.

Interview with Entertainment Weekly

The ‘Greys Anatomy’ lead recently sat down with EW to talk about her future on the show, as season 15 will premiere soon. This season, the program ties ‘ER’ which ran for 15 seasons, and was the longest-running medical drama to date.

The series will dethrone ‘ER’ next year because they have a deal with ABC to make the 16th season as well, and Ellen’s contract will need to be renegotiated by then. Therefore, everyone is wondering whether the actress will decide to leave after that, and it looks like she recently answered that question.

During her interview, the actress talked about her groundbreaking salary and contract, which makes her the highest-paid television actress in history; she earns almost $30 million a year. Her contract expires in 2020 after the 16th season, and Ellen might be ready to leave the show.

‘I’m feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell.’ As fans, we can’t believe it’s been almost 15 years of ‘Greys Anatomy,’ and the actors might feel the need to do something else with their careers, just like Sandra Oh did in season 10.

Leading Lady

Fortunately, the actress is not ready to announce any formal decisions yet. ‘I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about my future on the show. That’s something that Shonda Rhimes and I will do together.’

Clearly, unlike some actors who left the show in previous seasons, Pompeo is grateful for her time on the series. The actress made a name for herself on the medical drama because she was just starting out her career when she landed the role of Meredith Grey.

Ellen had made small appearances on shows like ‘Friends’ and ‘Law & Order’ before being cast on Shonda’s drama. She’s proud of her work on the show, and her character reflects the confident, professional woman she has become.

‘I’ve given it 200 percent of my energy and my love and my time and my commitment and my dedication. I still am fighting every day to make everything surrounding this show, the quality of the show, the storytelling, whether that’s well received or not.’

Looking forward to the future

Being the lead on the same series for 15 years is probably taxing, and Pompeo hopes to change some things in her life. ‘It’s about time that I mix it up, and I’m really excited about my producing career, and I’m definitely looking for a change. My children are getting older so I want to be more available to them now.’

The one thing we know for a fact is that Ellen will deliver her best work during these two years to come. If she decides to leave, then fans will bid Meredith a tearful goodbye just like they did when Christina Yang departed. We just hope that we won’t have to say goodbye to the whole show.

Other Shows Without Lead

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has killed more characters than ‘Game of Thrones,’ but the one person they can’t touch is Meredith, despite putting her through the ringer with tragic plotlines. The possibility of the character leaving might also bring the end of the show.

Many television shows don’t survive when the lead character disappears. It was recently announced by CBS that ‘The Big Bang Theory’ will be ending with season 12th because Jim Parsons wants to move on. They don’t want to make the same mistake as they did with ‘Two and a Half Men.’

Networks have a history of trying to continue their shows after the lead is gone. ‘8 Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,’ took a hit when actor John Ritter died in 2003. Sadly, after two seasons, it got canceled because they never recovered. Kaley Cuoco went on to star in ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ so it was fate.

‘Once Upon a Time’ tried going on without most of the original cast after season six. It was moved to Fridays and canceled after season seven. Luckily, ‘Greys Anatomy’ has a bevy of characters that might keep the show running.

Characters That Have Left

As we mentioned previously, this series is no stranger to killing off characters depending on the story and what happens behind the scenes. The first significant character that left was Preston Burke because actor Isaiah Washington insulted T.R. Knight (George).

T.R. Knight left the show a couple of seasons after that because he wasn’t getting enough lines. However, there was a much more controversial story going on around that time because actress Katherine Heigl was also being kicked out of the show.

The year after earning an Emmy for her performance as Izzie Stevens, the actress took herself out of the running for the award because she felt that writing was not worth it. This was devastating to all the people behind the series, and Katherine was slowly written off.

Lexie, Meredith’s sister, was killed off after a plane crash as well as Mark Sloan a.k.a. McSteamy. Christina Yang left the show on season 10, but it was a great goodbye. However, the most significant hit yet was the death of Derek Shepherd, Meredith’s husband; their love was one of the main stories on the medical drama.

Last season, fans had to say goodbye April Kepner and Arizona Robbins because both actresses decided not to renew their contracts. There was speculation that it had something to do with Pompeo’s new salary, but there was no confirmation, and their characters left on good terms.

It will certainly be devastating to see the show lose its leading lady, but they have invested enough time developing other characters and plotlines. We’re particularly looking forward to more stories from the new set of interns. Will you continue watching if Ellen Pompeo leaves? If you liked this article, share it with your friends. See you next time!

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