Ellen Pompeo Open to Grey's Anatomy Return

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Contrary to previous statements she's made - including that she believed she would "finish the show when my contract is up" - Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo says she may stay on after this season.

If the network and producers will have her, of course.

"I was invited for eight years - that was my contract - and no one has asked me for a day more," she says. "I know [creator] Shonda Rhimes has said the show will continue, but I wouldn't presume that they want to continue with me. You don't get dressed for the party if you don't have an invitation."

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Assuming ABC does ask her back, though, would Ellen be up for it?

"I would love the opportunity to discuss it," she tells TV Guide. "I would never turn up my nose at Grey's Anatomy."

"As long as the stories are honest and truthful, and Patrick [Dempsey] and I feel that there is still material for us to be passionate about, it still beats a 9-to-5 job any day."

"If the fans want us to keep going, then I would continue because we owe them everything."

She's not speaking for Patrick Dempsey, who has also indicated that he will exit next spring, along with Sandra Oh. Surprisingly, Ellen says it wouldn't necessarily deter her from continuing Meredith's story, however.

"I have been blessed to work beside Sandra Oh for the past eight years; she's an incredible talent," says Ellen, who feels the same way about "all the original cast members who aren't there anymore - T.R. [Knight], Isaiah [Washington], Katie [Heigl]. I didn't think the show could go on without any of them, yet we found a way to do it."

"It might be an interesting story for Meredith to have to deal with losing Cristina."

Shonda Rhimes says she has indeed "thought of some scenarios" should Patrick choose to leave while Ellen remains, but is unsure how to end the upcoming eighth season.

"I would be lying if I didn't say that I lie awake at night wondering what would happen," she says. "I have some ideas. Do I love them? I don't know yet. I'd prefer to think of them as Armageddon scenarios. There are no easy answers."

Would you watch Grey's Anatomy without Meredith and/or Derek and/or Cristina?

Tell us what you predict will happen and how you think it would shape the show.

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Stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No grey's without Ellen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It would be really interesting to see the development of Meredith's character if her partner-in-crime Cristina left...I don't think it would be the end of the show at all. Its a different story if Derek leaves though -- the show has revolved around the evolution of their romance and I think the show would die without them both (whether they're together or not). Some characters and storylines are just irreplaceable and Mer-Der is just one of those...


i for one will not watch Greys if Meredith and MC DREAMY leave. I feel they are the show. I vowed I would not watch CSI when "GRISOM" left, and I haven't I may only be one, but don't feel that show has been the same since. We as watchers get used to certain actors and characters and the shows to us just don't seem the same. I feel this would happen to Greys without Meredith and MC DREAMY.


i love meredith..she is the STAR of the show..also christina she is great..you may replace the other characters but meredith and christina are one of a kind..they are the BEST.. ilove them..without them in the show, it will never be the same GREY's ANATOMY that we used to watched,supported and loved..


There is no show wo meredith. Derek is a big part and it would break my heart as a fan from day 1 to see him go. I can do wo every1 else but plz keep mer-der goin! I luv demphsey but as long as meridith is on I'll watch to the last min. If she's gone I'll never watch again!


The Show's title is "GREY'S Anatomy" right? Without Meredith Grey, there shouldn't be a show at all! I have watched it for years. From season 1 to 7 and I just couldn't imagine what it would be like without Meredith, Christina and Derek, I just don't think it will be worth watching without them.


please dont leave ellen pompe i love your character and i dont want sandra oh to leave either and i dont want patrick to leave either


I will definitely watch a ninth season if MerDer stays!


They should all return for a ninth and tenth season!
I dont care if they have movie options. They will always be Meredith, Derek and Christina. It was bad enough Izzi left, that storyline was just stupid.
So I want them all back and I want ten seasons of Grey's Anatomy!


Thrilled Ellen is open to returning if there is a season nine. I'd wouldn't be happy if Sandra or Patrick left but I'd still watch. But it's over for me if Ellen were to leeave. That being said, I think this show show wrap it up if not this season then the next unless they get some new writers. They are recycling story lines left and right and it's getting very predicable. They have one of the best cast's on TV but they are under utilizing them with juvenile and contrived story lines.

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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.


Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

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