Despite being on television for 13 years, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy remains the audience’s favorite entering its 15th season. But, while the viewers can’t get enough of this medical drama, its star Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey on the series, seems like she is slowly getting tired.
Earlier this year, Pompeo signed a massive $20 million a year deal to stay on Grey’s Anatomy for season 15 and season 16. Now, during her recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, she was asked whether she sees herself continuing with the show after the 16th season .
“I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell,” – the 48-year-old actress told EW. “It’s about time that I mix it up. I’m definitely looking for a change.”
Although many will say that even if Ellen Pompeo leaves, Grey’s Anatomy could survive to see a run of few more years, that is highly unlikely. Her character is the focal point of the series, and it is clear that she is one of the main reasons for its popularity. Also, series creator Shonda Rhimes basically said in late 2017 that the show will end when Pompeo decides to do so.
“Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show,” – Rhimes told E! News at the time. “So, the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we’re stopping. “
When Grey’s Anatomy eventually wraps up, Ellen Pompeo already knows what she wants to do next, and it isn’t a role in another TV series or major feature movie. Talking with Deadline in January, Pompeo revealed that she is looking to do producing and directing. She already directed two episodes and is producer of Grey’s Anatomy, while serving as co-executive producer for series’ spinoff Station 19.