The actress Ellen Pompeo has left Grey’s Anatomy.
possibly for the last time.
The seasoned actress shared the following photo of herself online on Thursday afternoon along with a note addressed to all viewers of the cherished medical drama.
The star who opened this caption said, “I am forever grateful and humbled by the love and support you have all shown me, Meredith GREY, and the programme for 19 seasons.
In late 2022, Ellen Pompeo shared this image on social media as a farewell to Grey’s Anatomy viewers.
She penned it one week after the Grey’s Anatomy winter finale aired on ABC.
Fans were given a sneak peek of the upcoming episodes right after this one, with several of Meredith’s coworkers toasting her farewell before she moves to the east coast.
Pompeo would only appear in a total of 8 episodes this fall and winter, the network said before Season 19.
These two episodes’ last two will premiere in February and early March of next year.
“Through it all….none of it …would have been possible without the best fans in the world. You all are RIDERS and you all have made the ride so fun and ICONIC!!” continued Pompeo on social media.
She concluded as follows:
I love you madly and appreciate you right back. This isn’t your first time on the rollercoaster… you know the show must go on and I’ll be back to visit.
With a lot of love and immense.
Pompeo stepped back from the long-running show this season to pursue outside projects… including Hulu’s adaptation of the 2009 film Orphan, which follows a terrifying adoption story in which a couple’s new daughter turns out to be a grown woman masquerading as a child.
She made it clear numerous times in the past that she was anxious for Grey’s Anatomy to end.
But higher-ups just kept throwing millions of dollars at her!
“I feel like I’m the super naive one who keeps saying, ‘But what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?’” Pompeo said in December 2021.
“And everyone’s like, ‘Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.’”
Meredith’s storyline appears to have wrapped up with the surgeon’s decision to leave Seattle for Boston, where she accepted a position with the Catherine Fox Foundation to research Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s worth noting that, unlike many other fictional doctors throughout the history of Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith wasn’t killed off.
Her new job certainly leaves the door open for guest appearances.
ABC, of course, will likely need to renew Grey’s Anatomy for another season for this to happen.
Are you listening, executives?!?
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