Ellen Pompeo's raise had nothing to do with Grey's Anatomy cast departures

grey's anatomy recently fired sarah drew and jessica capshaw. people have speculated it was a result of ellen's recent pay raise. after deadline posted an article about it, ellen took to twitter to deny these rumours. 'Its unfortunate that @DEADLINE chooses to try to pit women against eachother,' she wrote. 'This is above my paygrade'

she received support from grey's anatomy showrunner krista vernoff, who noted the change was a creative one and says the rumours 'smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion [...] that one woman's success will be costly to others'

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