Ellen Pompeo Inks Deal to Return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Ellen Pompeo has inked a new deal to return to next season of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Variety has learned.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” star had signed a two-year contract back in 2014, which expired at the end of this season. This new deal guarantees that she’ll back for the 13th season of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which will air in fall 2016.

Pompeo is one of the hit medical drama’s remaining original cast members, following the recent departure of Sara Ramirez at the end of season 12, who announced she would be taking “some welcome time off.” Justin Chambers still remains, along with Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, and James Pickens., Jr.

The Shonda Rhimes-produced “Grey’s” is enjoying a renaissance, proving a reliable performer for ABC in its Thursday night slot. The show has topped ratings, ending the season as Thursday’s top-rated series in key demographics. It’s also enjoyed a creative resurgence, despite the departure of co-lead Patrick Dempsey at the end of season 11, finding new storytelling opportunities in life for Meredith (Pompeo) without McDreamy.

Pompeo is one of TV’s highest-paid actors, earning over $300,000 per episode. She also recently won the People’s Choice Award for “favorite dramatic TV actress” for her role on the ABC drama.

Pompeo is repped by CAA, John Carrabino and Hansen Jacobson.



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  1. Jeremy Lopez says:

    Well Callie still had a lot of chances for more story lines. Her moving to New York and whatever happens to the girlfriend? A good finale of season 12 could’ve been Cristina crashing Owens and Amelia wedding. I was hoping that would be the ending. I’m glad April and Jackson had a healthy baby though.

  2. Jeremy Lopez says:

    Bring back Christina Yang!!!

  3. Donna W says:

    Bring back Issie Stevens. I loved her character and story lines.

  4. Wilma says:

    Number one…Cristina is never ever coming back to this show. Sandra Oh was sick of her story lines that were basically repetitious from season to season. She said so when she commented…there is no place else for this character to go that she hasn’t been already. Sara left for the same reason.

    Ellen Pompeo used to be cute. Thanks to botox…she is starting to look like a man and has a ballsy attitude to go along with it. Her character is such a far stretch from the fun loving girl that started this show. She is like the spinster someone forgot to send home from the library…therefore, she realizes her options for other work are limited and she knows it.

    As long as they can keep adding characters and repeating the same stories over and over and over and the same ppl keep tuning in…ABC will run this show into the ground. This show is unwatchable past season 4. Stupid stories and useless characters. This show needs to end.

  5. Lorraine says:

    I like Kevin McKidd, but he is not an original cast member.

    • Sass K. Jay says:

      I’m not trying to pick an argument here, but it just irritate the heck out of me when it read comments like the one posted by Wilma. Personally, if I don’t like a tv show I do not watch it and I do not post comments on boards like “This show is unwatchable past season 4. Stupid stories and useless characters. This show needs to end.”

      Apparently many fans still find Grey’s entertaining, it is always in the top 10 trending tweets every Thursday. Sometimes it seems like some people who want this show to end are really upset because it is still on-how ridiculous is that. Don’t like it-don’t watch it and enough with the negative comments about the show.

      There are many shows out there I don’t watch-guess what-I don’t go round message boards posting negative comments about the show and saying that it should be off the air just because I don”t watch the show.

  6. ludi66 says:

    I love the show but they should try to bring back Christina..and get rid of Derek’s sister!

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