"They're not far off. I mean, I've been trying to get away for years. I have been trying. It's not because I haven't been trying. I have strong relationships at the network and they have been very, very good to me, and have incentivized me to stay."
Ellen Pompeo on fans believing that Grey’s Anatomy is coming to a close: "They're not far off”.https://t.co/76rYeBhasj— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) September 20, 2021
The 51-year-old actress noted "creatively, as long as there's something to do," there will be incentive to keep the Grey's legacy going for as long as possible. "Miraculously, we keep coming up with ways to have a reason to stay and if there's a reason, that warrants it," Pompeo emphasized.
Pompeo also reflected on season 17, which saw her character, Meredith Grey, dealing with the effects from COVID-19 and spending a significant portion of the season in a coma.
"We had to work around COVID obviously and so we had to be creative and think of ways to keep the show going and still be safe. The coma was one and then the beach and the dream sequences was another and of course, bringing back people who had passed on to the other side," she said. "I think it just resonates with people right? Everyone wants to have one last conversation with someone they've lost."
Kate Walsh reprises her role as Addison Montgomery, for multiple episodes and Kate Burton will also return as Meredith's late mother, Ellis Grey, in a recurring capacity.
"Kate [Walsh] is amazing," Pompeo praised. "That's one of my favorite things about the show right now is having original cast members come back. It's so fun and so nostalgic and we all have such an incredible bond that's kind of hard to describe and it's been a lot of fun having everybody come back."
When asked when Grey's will definitively end, Pompeo politely declined to comment.
"I'm not really supposed to say anything about it," she said. "I don't want to be disrespectful to people I've promised things to."
Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 return in a crossover premiere Thursday, September 30th on ABC.
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