Is Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey’s Anatomy after Season 19?

Is Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey’s Anatomy after Season 19?
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Here is everything we know so far about Ellen Pompeo’s character arc in the show. 

If you have been watching the latest news, we are sure that you may have been wondering the same if it is really true or not that Ellen Pompeo is departing from the series. So it is only fair that you get all the answers to unanswered queries. If you have been watching the show religiously, we’re sure you know that the 19th season has reached its sixth episode. A lot of speculation about this question was already being raised on social media for a long time.

As the actress, herself has previously hinted about leaving or concluding the show in various interviews, which has now turned out to be true. Hence, for you, we’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the current situations surrounding the characters’ arcs and plotlines. So you can get a head start and be prepared to know the details before the new episodes air on the channel. 

Is Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey’s Anatomy after Season 19?

Grey’s Anatomy: Is Ellen Pompeo leaving the show?

Unfortunately it’s true! Ellen Pompeo is officially leaving “Grey’s Anatomy,” the series lead just said goodbye after reports of her departure from the long-running drama. She made and confirmed the news by an announcement on her social media platforms to her followers on Thursday, quoting, “I am eternally grateful and humbled by the love and support you have all shown me, Meredith GREY and the show for 19 seasons! 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!! 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 definitely be back to visit. With a lot of love and immense gratitude XoE”. Take a look at the official post below: 


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In addition to this, she has previously hinted about her decision to scale down her role on the series this year wasn’t entirely unexpected – the actress has long been candid about her attempts to convince ABC to end the series. As Pompeo has been one of Grey’s anchors since its premiere in 2005 which is a very long run for a character, quote, “I’ve been trying to focus on convincing everybody that it should end,” she told Insider in December 2021. Further adding, “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?'”

On the other hand, series creator Shonda Rhimes also shared a sentimental post about Pompeo on her social media, quoting, What a wild ride these past 19 seasons have been. None of it could have been possible without the incomparable @ellenpompeo, the one, and only Meredith Grey. This isn’t a goodbye, it’s a see ya later! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Ellen, Meredith, and Grey Sloan Memorial. #greysanatomy” Take a look at the post below: 


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Grey’s Anatomy: Who is Meredith Grey?

Ellen Pompeo plays Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19. Meredith Grey is the Chief of Surgery, former head of general surgery, and former Director of the Residency Program at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. She is the daughter of the now-deceased Ellis Grey, a famed general surgeon, and the now-deceased Thatcher Grey. She was married to Derek Shepherd until his death; they have two daughters, Zola and Ellis, and a son, Bailey. She has won a Catherine Fox Award.

Is Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey’s Anatomy after Season 19?

Grey’s Anatomy Season 19: A quick recap of the season so far

Episode 1: Everything Has Changed: Meredith, still functioning as the interim chief, sees Nick for the first time since she rejected his offer to move to Minnesota; Bailey tells Richard she is not ready to return to work; Levi works up the courage to break disappointing news to Jo.

Episode 2: Wasn’t Expecting That: The attending surgeons and interns work together to solve a medical mystery when a college kid comes in with what first looks like food poisoning but has escalating and dire complications; Jo spends her day off with Bailey.

Episode 3: Let’s Talk About Sex: Bailey recruits the interns to create a series of social media videos informing teens about sexual health; Meredith and Maggie learn something new about Zola.

Episode 4: Haunted: Meredith and Nick try to spend some time together alone; Levi is overworked and stressed; Winston and Owen have the interns practice trauma training on a real cadaver.

Episode 5: When I Get to the Border: Bailey and Addison take a road trip to volunteer at a family planning center, but a patient’s ectopic pregnancy leads to complications; the interns play detective about Lucas’ relationship with Amelia; Meredith and Jackson take a trip to Boston.

Is Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey’s Anatomy after Season 19?

Grey’s Anatomy Season 19: When will the new episode premiere on ABC?

On a weekly basis, the seventh episode, “I’ll Follow the Sun,” is scheduled to release on Thursday, February 23, 2023, after the mid-season break at the same time slot of 9/8c on ABC. The episode is written by Krista Vernoff. The official synopsis of the episode has not been released yet but it is expected to expand from the sixth episode, “Thunderstruck,” which showcased, “On the heels of life-changing news, a thunderstorm hits Grey Sloan; the attending surgeons and interns work together to save an injured reporter and family affected by the storm; a beloved author undergoes a risky surgery.”

Take a look at the official promo of the seventh episode below: 

Grey's Anatomy 19x07 Promo (HD) Season 19 Episode 7 Promo

Where to stream Grey’s Anatomy Season 19?

Grey’s Anatomy will be available to watch on ABC and will thereafter be streamed on the ABC website once the episode airs on the television broadcast. The episodes are also available to watch on-demand and on Hulu the day after they air. All previous seasons of Grey’s Anatomy are currently available on fuboTV and Netflix.

Grey’s Anatomy is also available for rent or purchase depending on the viewer’s area on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu, with a variety of membership plans to select from as per your required monthly or yearly subscriptions. So, it’s the perfect time for you to start streaming the series as soon as possible!

Catch up on the previous episodes while you wait for more updates on Grey’s Anatomy Season 19.