Grey's Anatomy Cast in "Celebrity 100"

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The Forbes "Celebrity 100" list has been unveiled and Grey's Anatomy is hot - and we're not just talking about Patrick Dempsey's good looks for once.

Every year, Forbes scours the universe of the famous, unearthing the 411 on the top earners and the media darlings, because its Celebrity 100 measures not only how much celebrities get paid, but what kind of media and public attention is being paid to them.

"The whole reason we came up with the list is, it is too simple to say, 'Who earned the most money?' Then you just have a bunch of jocks at the top," explains Dennis Keanle, Managing Editor of Forbes.

"But what if you want to compare an athlete to a chef, or a fashion model against an actress? You ought to look at how they do on Google hits, in magazines, and how they do on covers. That's what the Forbes list does. It gives a relative ranking of power and hotness, based in part on earnings."

In addition to Grey's Anatomy (a new entry to the list at No. 12 with cast earnings of at least $33 million combined), Desperate Housewives came in at No. 47 with its four female stars earning a total of $16 million.

Grey's Anatomy: The Season 3 Cast

The Grey's Anatomy cast could rise even higher this coming year (even with the loss of Isaiah Washington) with many major cast members getting big raises and bonuses, and some even receiving portions of the series' profits.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."