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  • Ellen Pompeo is now defending her comments made in a recent interview in Variety where she said Grey’s Anatomy had a “toxic work environment” for the first 10 seasons.
  • The actress, who plays Meredith Grey, clarified that she wasn’t trying to “single anyone out.”
  • According to Ellen, things started to improve behind the cameras after season 10.

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Ellen Pompeo is not backing down after claiming Grey’s Anatomy had a “toxic work environment” for the first 10 years — no matter how much flack she gets.

The star of the ABC hit series made it clear this Saturday that she meant every word she told Taraji P. Henson during a recent joint interview with Variety. In the interview, Ellen said she filmed the first 10 seasons of Grey’s in a “really toxic work environment” that was full of “serious culture issues” and “very bad bad behavior.”

Thankfully though, Ellen told the publication that things have been better since season 10. “We had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera. It became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years,” she said.

After the story came out, Grey’s fans were quick to say that Ellen was “bashing” her co-stars Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey, who left in season 10 and season 11, respectively. “Ellen Pompeo’s still bashing Patrick Dempsey in 2019 who’s surprised,” one fan tweeted. “You better not be talking smack about @IamSandraOh,” said another.

The backlash was so intense, it caused Ellen to respond on Twitter:

“Hey! Anyone having feelings over Variety piece. It’s not worth getting yourself upset over,” Ellen tweeted. “Not singling anyone out … as a show we all had a part to play in the environment me included … as many workplaces do. We changed that story. That’s the story we all have the power to change!”

Hey! Anyone having feelings over Variety piece. It’s not worth getting yourself upset over not singling anyone out..as a show we all had a part to play in the environment me included..as many workplaces do..We changed that story. That’s the story we all have the power to change!

— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) June 8, 2019

“None of my comments in print are ever meant to shade anyone,” Ellen said. “That’s so not productive. My words about my journey are always meant to inspire and reflect. My shade is very obvious when I’m not subtle about it you all should know that.”

None of my comments in print are ever meant to shade anyone. That’s so not productive. My words about my journey are always meant to inspire and reflect. My shade is very obvious when I’m not subtle about it you all should know that!! 😜

— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) June 8, 2019

Of course, it’s no secret that Grey’s was rocked with frequent scandals during the first few seasons. Isaiah Washington (Dr. Burke) was fired from the show in 2007 after using a homophobic slur during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey (Dr. Shepherd). Then, T.R. Knight (Dr. O’Malley) exited following a “breakdown of communication” between himself and show creator Shonda Rhimes. What’s more, Katherine Heigl (Dr. Stevens) ditched her scrubs one year later and withdrew herself from Emmy consideration because she felt she wasn’t given the material to warrant a nomination.

What made Ellen stay if things were so bad? Well, besides providing for her family, Ellen wanted to work with Shonda to change the culture behind the scenes. But also, she says she was motivated to prove she could carry the show amid all the changes it underwent.

“Patrick Dempsey left the show in season 11, and the studio and network believed the show could not go on without the male lead,” Ellen revealed. “So I had a mission to prove that it could.”

As the show heads into its 16 season, we can say that the mission has been accomplished.

Kayla Keegan News and Entertainment Editor Kayla Keegan covers all things in the entertainment, pop culture, and celebrity space for Good Housekeeping.

Ellen Pompeo Wants Sandra Oh To Return To ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Just As Much As Fans Do

Grey’s Anatomy has produced some powerhouse couples throughout the past 15 seasons, however, the one relationship that will forever remain one of our all-time favorites is the everlasting friendship between Cristina Yang and Meredith Grey. And while Cristina is no longer a central character on the show, Ellen Pompeo wants Sandra Oh to return to Grey’s Anatomy just as much as fans do (if that’s even possible). So, if the opportunity ever presents itself, you better believe this Grey’s star will do everything in her power to make it happen.

However, because Pompeo and Oh’s friendship is just as sweet and supportive in real life as they portrayed their characters to be on the screen, Pompeo totally understands why the onscreen reunion hasn’t happened to just yet. Because as much as she wants her friend to return, she wants to see her succeed even more. “Selfishly I would love to see Sandra Oh come back to Grey’s,” Pompeo admitted during a recent interview with TVLine. “But I also love Killing Eve so much, and I love seeing her have so many of these incredible moments. So, as much as I love Sandra, I’d rather see her shine out on her own. I enjoy that more. That‘s more gratifying to me.”

Spoken like a true “person” to someone, don’t you think?


Of course, this isn’t the first time the possibility of Oh reprising her iconic role has come up. In fact, prior to her departure from the series all the way back in 2013, Oh stated in a different interview with TVLine that she would be interested in being apart of the series finale down the line. “Eventually will have to come to a close, and I would love to come back ,” she stated at the time.

Since her role on Killing Eve, however, her attitude towards a possible return has changed, at least for now. “I get question regularly, and I answer it really based on what I’m feeling that day — and today is no,” she told TVLine last June, not because she doesn’t love Grey’s, but rather she wants to remain busy with her current project. “I love Eve. I really love her. I also love Cristina Yang.” She added:

“I’m constantly stunned at the response I still get from , you know? It’s so fantastic, and it pleases me. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction that, you know, you did work that actually continues going on past the time that you’ve left it… It’s really phenomenal. And the only way that I think I can continue doing good work is just staying true to my own compass. And that compass is pointing north.”

But just because her days on Grey’s may be over for good, doesn’t mean there can’t still have some great reunions or interactions with her former cast members. After Oh’s Golden Globe win, Pompeo responded with a very heartfelt message. The awards ceremony also allowed Oh to reunite with Kevin McKidd, who played her longtime love interest Owen Hunt on Grey’s.


Who knows if Oh will ever return to Grey’s in the future, but it’s comforting to know that if/when she’s ready to do so, the cast and crew are ready to welcome her with open arms.

Sandra Oh had a big night at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

The 47-year-old became the first Asian actress to host the annual award show and won Best Actress for her performance in BBC America’s “Killing Eve.”

The star’s former “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star and friend Ellen Pompeo took to Twitter to congratulate Oh on her great success.

“This is a pretty sweet sight I gotta say….” she wrote alongside a photo of Oh posing with her Globe award after the night.

“@IamSandraOh no one deserves this more,” she added.

The bond between Oh and Pompeo’s Grey’s characters on the hit ABC medical drama helped coin the phrase “You’re my person,” and it seems their friendship translates off the screen as well.

The duo remain close after Oh’s exit from the show in 2014 after 10 seasons.

Pompeo supported her friend in July when Oh nabbed an Emmy nomination for best leading actress in a drama series.

Although Oh didn’t win, she became the first Asian woman nominated in the category.

“This is beyond well deserved and your history making is incredibly moving,” Pompeo posted to Twitter in July, months before the show. “Can’t wait to hear your speech!! Which will have us in tears and laughing at the same time.”

Oh’s former boss, Shonda Rhimes, the creator, head writer and producer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” also commended Oh on her successful night at the Globes.

“I am so incredibly happy for @IamSandraOh tonight. Well-deserved. Overdue,” she wrote. “She is always best actress, y’all. Always.”

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 10)

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Grey’s Anatomy (2005-) is a primetime television medical drama, airing on ABC, that follows Meredith Grey, a first-year surgical intern at the beginning of the drama, and her fellow interns as they struggle to become doctors.

Season 10

Seal Our Fate

Webber: When you become an intern, there is a ceremony where you get your white coat. Like magic, you are a doctor. My parents came to my white coat ceremony, I can still picture them, so happy…so proud. They say your life flashes before your eyes right before you die, you see things in your life, the important moments –the moments that tested you, the moments that made you who you are. I don’t know about my life flashes before me, I was thinking about my white coat… it’s the moment my life started, same fitting should be on me when it ends Meredith: You know what I was thinking before you guys came in here? I was thinking that I wish my mother were here to see my kids. I was wondering if she’d make a good grandmother. But you know what that is? It’s delusional thinking. Because my mother would make a horrible grandmother, because she was a horrible mother. So… I’m delusional and hormonal. And I can’t trust my delusional thoughts. I have to rely on the labs. So we need to run the lactate again, and if it’s above 6, we’re going to do the surgery. And if it’s not, we’re not. Webber: We’re all gonna die. We don’t get much say on how or when, but we do get to decide how we are gonna live. So do it, decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? kinder? more compassionate? Decide. Breathe in…Breathe out…and decide.

I Want You With Me

Webber: The waiting can kill you. You make a decision and then the world has to turn. The consequences unfold, out of your hands. There’s only one thing that seems clear, in those quiet moments while you wait, whatever you chose was wrong. Webber: We just wanna survive the storm. We pray,”Please God, just get me to the other side”. We never imagine what it’ll be like when we get there. What if, when the storm passes, nothing’s left? I always said I could handle anything. I was wrong. I was wrong about a lot of things. But I was right about one thing, I was right about this.

Everybody’s Crying Mercy

Meredith: There’s this playground game that kids play. They lock hands and on the count of three they try to snap their fingers off. You hold on as long as you can, or at least longer than the other guy. The game doesn’t end until someone says stop, gives up, cries mercy. It isn’t a fun game. Meredith: In the game of mercy, when one kid cries out, the other one listens and the pain stops. Don’t you wish it was that easy now? That’s not a game anymore, and we’re not kids. You can cry mercy all you want but nobody’s listening. It’s just you screaming into a void.

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Meredith: As anyone who’s ever had their tonsils out can tell you, surgery isn’t cheap. It takes a lot of money to keep the hospital’s doors open. And when the funds run out, it’s on us to get out there and raise some more. Which means it’s time to put on make up. It’s time to dress up right. It’s time to get things started on The Muppet Show… Crap, sorry. I’ve been watching a lot of children’s television lately. But you get the idea. Meredith: If he wants to suffer, then maybe we let him. Bailey: Oh, so you’re gonna let him die because he hurt your feelings? Meredith: There isn’t anything that he can say to me that I haven’t heard from my mother a thousand times. I’m bulletproof. But we can force all the treatment on him we want. It won’t make a difference if he decides he does not want to fight for himself. Maybe he just needs to see what it feels like to hit bottom. Cristina: How’s, uh Derek liking maternity leave? Meredith: He’s on paternity leave. Cristina: Yeah, okay. Meredith: We have a deal. I don’t work. Neither does he. It’s working out well. Callie: I live in your house. You’re bored out of your minds. Yeah, they’ve got all this pent-up surgical energy and now everything’s a competition. Cristina: Listen to you two. This is not that difficult. Just be charming. Use the same skills you would if you were picking someone up at a bar. I know you know how to do that. Meredith: Overture. Curtain. Lights. This is it. The night of nights. No more rehearsing and nursing a part. We know every part by heart. Tonight, what heights we’ll hit. On with the show. This is it.

I Bet It Stung

Meredith: Here’s what I learned my first day at medical school. Think long and hard before choosing to become a surgeon. It takes 100% commitment. You have to be on your A game every single time you walk into that OR. When patients are lying on your table, completely at your mercy, they need to know that when you make that first cut you know what you’re doing. No other specialty requires the time, the focus, the complete dedication… Except maybe being a mom. Bailey: You stole my liver? Meredith: Uh come on. I deserve this. I’ve been on the bench for months. Bailey: You deserve nothing. Meredith: I named my son after you. You can’t be mad at me. Bailey: Your son is the devil’s spawn. He drinks the milk of a liver thief! Meredith: What if your focus splits? What if you can’t be all in? Are you left with nothing at all? Maybe you just need to find a different path. Here’s what’s horrifying, what if you can’t give 100%? Maybe you just need to go back to the beginning and start all over again.

Map Of You

Derek: Researchers are currently working on a map of the human brain. It may be the most complex map ever created. Billions of neurons making trillions of connections. At first glance, they seem completely random. But there’s nothing random about them. All these connections have to happen in a specific pattern. It is designed for a function. These connections determine everything about us. What we love, what we hate, what we say, what we do. Every action we take. Meredith: I have a career and a family, and I’m going to do both. What I don’t have time for is for you to tell me that I can’t. Cristina: I never said that. Meredith: You know, I was always there for you, for whatever you needed, and now this is when I need you, and you’re supposed to help me. And instead, last week you pushed me aside because I had a baby. You don’t have time for me now? Because you don’t have time for people who want things that you don’t want. Derek: Spending time with the kids is not a consolation prize. It is the prize. Derek: We are just starting to learn the extent of the brain’s connections. How far they reach, how deep they go. But we know that every connection matters. Every connection is crucial. And when one is broken, it usually means some damage has been done. This system of connections tells us to act and choose and behave. Sometimes seemingly against our own will. But it is not random at all. It is the map of who we are. We will work to understand ourselves, solve the puzzle. How all the connections work and all the pieces fit.


Meredith: Every Halloween we make a choice about what kind of costume we are going to wear. Something sexy, maybe you’ll be someone scary. Or you could be a superhero which is what I’m trying to be this year. Meredith: Halloween is not for the faint of heart, there’s a surprise around every corner. Some of the surprises are good and some of the surprises are bad. What’s important is you can’t let the fear of the surprise stop you from getting dressed up and wandering up to a stranger’s house to ask the question, “So what’ll it be? Trick? Or Treat?”.

Two Against One

Meredith: Glioma, fibroma, blastoma. Whatever the tumor, people assume you approach it the same way. You find its hiding place in the body and open the patient up and you cut it the hell out. But you’re not just fighting the one tumor, you’re actually at war with over a billion cells. Meredith: So, how do you beat the odds when it’s one against a billion? You stand strong, keep pushing yourself past all rational limits and never let yourself give up. But the truth of the matter is, despite how hard you try and fight to stay in control, when it’s all said and done, sometimes you’re just outnumbered.

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Callie: Doctors never mean to screw up. They make a bad call and the unthinkable happens. It’s not like we do it on purpose, it’s not like we want to hurt anyone but sometimes we do. Sometimes we make mistakes… and when we blow it, we’re sorry. Not that being sorry really matters, not anymore. No apology in the world matters now. Callie: We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of. I understand that. I know nobody’s perfect. But how do you live with it? How do you get up every morning and face the world knowing you could have done better?… That you should have done better. Is being sorry enough? Can an apology actually heal our wounds, ease our pain? Can it undo the hurt that we’ve caused?

Somebody That I Used To Know

Meredith: The body is an infinitely complex mass of interacting systems. People like to think doctors see it all clearly. But it’s not always obvious what’s a hiccup in the system and what’s full on medical disaster. We figure that out in our first year of residency. We spend the rest of our careers lying about it. Meredith: It’s just a cold. Muscle through it. It’ll pass. Nothing’s really wrong. We’re doctors, we’d know if something was wrong. We’ll be fine. Nothing’s wrong.

Man On The Moon

Meredith: Every doctor has a dirty little secret. We’re all competitive science geeks. In grade school, we made the biggest and best volcanoes, which erupted actual fake molten lava. In junior high, we spent hours laboring over our rat mazes. So that one day, we’d be the person who changed the face of medicine forever. Meredith: Sometimes, the key to making progress is to recognize how to take that very first step. Then you start your journey. You hope for the best and you stick with it, day in, day out. Even if you’re tired, even if you want to walk away, you don’t. Because you are a pioneer. But nobody ever said it’d be easy.

Get up, Stand up

Meredith: Failure is an inevitability. Every scientist was told ”No” over and over. The ones we remember the ones who changed our lives. The Curies, the Salks, the Barnards… They are the ones who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer. Jackson: I love you. I always have. I love everything about you – even the things I don’t like, I love. And I want you with me. I love you and I think that you love me, too. Do you? Meredith: Failure is inevitable, Unavoidable. But failure should never get the last word. You have to hold on to what you want. You have to not take “No” for an answer, and take what’s coming to you. Never give in. Never give up. Stand up. Stand up and take it.

Take it Back

Meredith: Every day, a surgeon makes decisions that can go one of two ways, Either very good or very, very, very bad. The problem is, the epically great decisions and the epically bad ones look exactly the same when you’re making them. Cristina:how was I supposed to pretend that what just happened wasn’t the coolest thing I’d ever seen? You know, I’ve always been on the fence about Kepner, but now I’m not just a friend, I’m a fan. April: How do we explain that we just destroyed two perfectly lovely people so that we could… what, date?! Jackson: Okay, the best solution is never to speak to any of them ever again. April: Or…? Jackson: Or we get married. I… April: Because that’s easier to explain. Jackson: No. No, ’cause you’re right, all right? I don’t want to just date. April, I want the whole damn thing. I… We can get to lake Tahoe in 13 hours. April: How do you know that? Jackson: Do you want to get into that right now? April: No. Jackson: No, you don’t want to get into that or, no, you don’t want to get married? April: Yes. Yes! Meredith: Looking back it’s easy to see when a mistake has been made. But if we use our best judgement and listen to our hearts we’re more likely to see that we chose wisely and avoid the deepest most painful regret of them all, the regret that comes from letting something amazing pass you by.

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Meredith: Cancer is a biological bully, always picking a fight, and it’ll sneak up on you. It’ll wait until the body feels safe, until it feels healthy and strong. That’s when cancer will move on in and get bigger and bigger. The body never even sees it coming, because cancer is the master of surprises. Meredith: You can try to hide from a bully, but hiding won’t work for long. You have to fight back. And if you’re lucky enough to get out alive before you put your guard back up, ready to fight the next one.

Throwing It All Away

Meredith: You know your tailbone? It used to be a tail. That pink part in the corner of your eye? It used to be a third eyelid. The appendix used to help us digest tough foods. Now it does nothing. The story of our evolution is the story of what we leave behind, what we’ve discarded. Our bodies only hang on to the things we absolutely need. The things we no longer have use for, we give up, we let go. Meredith: Why does it feel so good to get rid of things? To unload, to let go. Maybe because when we see how little we actually need to survive, it makes us realize how powerful we actually are to strip down to only what we need, to hang on only to what we can’t do without, what we need, not just to survive, but to thrive.

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Meredith: There’s a stage you go through in childbirth and it’s the toughest part. It’s called the transition stage. You’ve been pushing so hard and so long. You’re exhausted, spent and there’s nothing to show for all of your effort. During this transition stage, it feels like you can’t go on but it’s because you’re very nearly there. Meredith: Transition is movement from one part of a life to a whole new one. And it can feel like one long, scary, dark tunnel. But you have to come out the other side. Because what’s been waiting there, might be glorious.

Do You Know

Cristina: Do you know who you are? Do you know what’s happened to you? Do you want to live this way? All it takes is one person, one patient, one moment to change your life forever. It can change your perspective, color your thinking. One moment that forces you to re-evaluate everything you think you know. Do you know who you are? Do you know what’s happened to you? Do you want to live this way? Cristina: If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that it only takes one person, one patient, one moment to change your life forever, to change your perspective, color your thinking. To force you to re-evaluate everything you think you know. To make you ask yourself the toughest questions: Do you know who you are? Do you know what’s happened to you? Do you want to live this way?

You Be Illin’

Meredith: The average person touches their face about eighteen times every waking hour. That leaves you susceptible to infection about one hundred times a day. Infection has a nasty habit of taking advantage of our everyday behaviours. It spreads by touching doors, desks, elevator buttons, pens, sharing cups, even money. All we can do is try our best to prevent it from spreading because once it’s out there, the infection usually wins. Meredith: I went up to daycare to find my son missing. Derek: Yeah, I needed an audience. Look, sit down. Let me go over this again with you, okay? Meredith: Oh, no, no, no. I’ve heard that speech so many times I could do it myself. Stop boring our son. Derek: Is it boring? I have 50 scientists from around the world coming here today. It’s got to be charming. It’s a big deal. Meredith: I know it’s a big deal, which is why I will get out of your way. Derek: Mm-hmm. Meredith: Mm-hmm. And I’m taking my son with me because I don’t want his first word to be hypothalamus. Derek: There are worse first words. Meredith: Are you okay? Derek: Uh, if you can speak Estonian. My translator called in sick. Meredith: You don’t look good. Are you getting this thing? Derek: I don’t get sick. It’s an unspoken rule. Leah Murphy: Spoken. Twice today. Meredith: It’s a known fact that doctors make the worst patients. We ignore our symptoms until we’re face down on the ground. We like to think we’re a different species to our patients but none of us are invincible. Eventually we have to face the fact that we’re human and that, sometimes, even the mightiest of us need help.

I’m Winning

Meredith: My Mom didn’t think she would win, she thought it was a popularity contest, and she wasn’t popular. She was a woman and a fellow, and her arrogance could rub people the wrong way. She hadn’t allowed herself to imagine the possibility of winning, because she wanted it too much. And when they called my mom’s name, she was genuinely shocked. It was validation of all her hard work and sacrifice. She came home and told me she didn’t win the Harper Avery. She earned it.

Go It Alone

Meredith: Surgery is a solo act. We step up at the table with a scalpel in our hands and we go it alone. The isolation can start to define you. Because even though you are surrounded by teams… what it really comes down to is your training, your choices, your wits.. your hands, your stitch.

Change of Heart

Meredith: Over the past 20 years, one of the most valuable tools a doctor has is the algorithm. Your patient’s main complaint goes into a box…and then the formula helps you decide what to do next. But what happens when a problem doesn’t fix into a box? Well…you are suddenly on your own, unexpectedly, with about a thousand paths to choose from. Meredith: Is that a spinal schwannoma? Derek: It is. Meredith: Extended into the retropleural space? Derek: Mm-hmm. Meredith: Is that for me? Derek: We’re overdue for a date. OR 3, you in fresh scrubs, me in a ferry-boat scrub cap. You in? Meredith: Well, this could take hours. What about the kids? Derek: Amy’s with them. Meredith: We have a babysitter named Amy? Derek: Amy, my sister. Meredith: The junkie? Derek: She’s a recovering addict, and she loves kids. Meredith: I’ve only been gone a day. Derek: The tumor involves the great vessels. Meredith: I know what you’re doing. Derek: Mm-hmm. Meredith: And it’s working. Derek: Mm-hmm. Meredith: So, what do you do? How do you decide when you’re left in the dark? How do you make sure you are not making the worst mistake in somebody’s life? You close your eyes…you block out everyone and everything around you, and pray the voice inside you is right. Because once you decided…you can’t ever go back.

We Are Never Getting Back Together

Meredith: Sometimes you just need to get out of town. Get a new perspective. but you can’t always see that you need a new perspective because you, well need a new perspective to see that. It’s complicated. Derek: I’m Dr. Shepherd. Amelia: And so am I. His sister. Derek: Mm. Amelia: Good-looking doctors run in the family. Derek: Okay, I will take care of twin A. Amy will take care of twin B. Amelia: Dr. Shepherd. Derek: What? Amelia: No, I mean my name is “Dr. Shepherd”. You said “Amy” and that makes me sound like some sorority girl tagging along on your brain surgery when, in fact, I am your co-surgeon. Derek: Okay. I apologize. Arizona: Ooh, “Raynbow”. I’m gonna add that to my list of baby names. April: Really? Arizona: Yep, right after Bubba, Toolio, and Agamemnon. April: Agamemnon? That-that is that’s-that’s pretty. Arizona: No, it’s not. It’s child abuse. But Callie keeps shooting down all the cute names I suggest so my new strategy is to bury the cute names in a sea of terrible ones. Meredith: You do remember how hard it was to find the money to keep this place going. The foundation was our Hail Mary, and you saved us. We have to find a way to make it work with them. Richard: I was there the night your mother won her first Harper Avery. I wasn’t with her. I-I was sitting in the back. Meredith: Because my father was with her? Richard: That award was our gold standard. It was the measure of our success. It was everything we worked for. And I had to be there to see the look on her face. She was radiant. Catherine made it meaningless with this. She cheapened it. She cheapened our goals. She cheapened her memory. I can’t stand that. Meredith: Open your eyes, what do you see? More possibilities? Does your new view give you more hope? That’s the goal, although it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes a shift in perspective just makes you see what you’ve lost.

Everything I Try To Do, Nothing Seems To Turn Out Right

Meredith: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Emergency rooms are kept in business by people who’ve learned that lesson the hard way. Skydivers, bullriders, people whose bold ideas often result in broken bones and smushed spleens. Surgeons are trained to deal with the fallout of the bold ideas, we pick up the pieces and do our best to fit them back together. Meredith: The thing about the bold moves, they’re terrifying. Could end in nothing but tears and broken bones. And that’s exactly what makes them so damned exciting.

Fear (Of The Unknown)

Cristina: Whenever we think we know the future, even for a second, it changes. Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it. Just stand there trembling, not moving. Assuming the worst that can happen. Or we step forward into the unknown, and assume it will be brilliant. Stephanie: Just finished an aneurysm clip with Dr. Shepherd. Shane: Shepherd or Shepherdess? Stephanie: Shepherdess. Amelia: “Shepherdess”? Really? Shane: Uh, sorry. It’s just very confusing. Amelia: I kind of like it, Shepherdess. Stephanie: Oh, well, before, it was just “Shepherd’s little sister.” Amelia: Edwards, do you like working on neuro? Don’t ever say that to me again. Cristina: Did more come in? Meredith: No it’s slowing down, what are you still doing here? What time is your flight? Cristina: I can’t leave Mer, they just bombed Seattle. Meredith: No they didn’t, no one did, it was an accident. Gas-made. So no different than a train derailment or a ferry boat crash. So you can go. Cristina: When I heard it was the mall, you know what I thought of? I thought of that time me and Callie played hooky and we bought all the furniture for the fire house. Meredith: What time is your plane? Cristina: Two hours, but Link has got a heart and I have to do that first. Meredith: No you don’t, the new head of cardio can do that, you don’t have the time.. plus you’ll have to re scrub so there’s that! Cristina: Meredith! Meredith: You have been stalling for two weeks! Cristina: I have to finish something here. Nothing feels finished. None of it feels finished. Owen and I, we split over something that hasn’t even happened, and we never even split up. And you and I are not finished, George is dead and Izzie is gone, and it’s supposed to be me, you, and Alex, and now nothing is finished. I am not finished! Meredith: You don’t feel finished because this isn’t the end for you. There is no finish line, there is no end point. You just have to go. Cristina: I know, I know. and I keep trying to but I don’t know how to just do it. You gotta help me Mer. Meredith: Let’s go. Okay? Cristina: Okay. Cristina: Text me, and don’t let Owen get all dark and twisty. Take care of him, and Alex, take care of Alex. He needs to be mocked at least once a day, or he’ll be insufferable. Don’t get on any little tiny planes that can crash, or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it, or offer your life to a gunman. Don’t do that! Don’t be a hero… you’re my person… I need you alive. You make me brave. Okay, now we dance it out. … Cristina: You are a gifted surgeon with an extraordinary mind, don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He is very dreamy, but he’s not the sun, you are. Derek: I took the job. Meredith: And you were supposed to be stepping back! You said “Take this year and make it count. And I’ll make sure you can do it.” And you lied! Derek: I’m sorry. I lied. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Meredith: So you got this thing and I gave up that piece, and I found a way to make it work, with my job, my kids, and my research with less help from you and I did it! Derek: You’re not a victim. I’m killing myself as much as you are! Meredith: And then you wanted more and more pieces! And now this is just too much. You can’t just drag us away so I can live in your shadow! Derek: You have a job, you could be working in James Madison. Meredith: Right, and that’s how my father got his first job here. They wanted my mom, so she had to call the University and pulled some strings and find something for Thatcher to do! It’s all how the trailing starts. Derek: This isn’t like that. Meredith: This is exactly that! And it’s not what I signed up for. Derek: You know, you’re being selfish! Meredith: Well, I have to be, Derek, because you believe that your career is more important than mine. Derek: Well, at this moment in time it is! Meredith: No, not in this moment, always! You will always be that hot-shot doctor and I will always be that young intern that fell in love with you. Derek: That’s how you see yourself. That’s your problem, I can’t do anything to fix that. Meredith: That’s not how I see myself; that is the issue here! Derek: D.C., you can do your surgeries, you can do your research, you can do the portal veins, there is nothing here that you can’t do there. Meredith: But I don’t want to! We’re not just talking about my job Derek, We’re talking about my life. I grew up here, I made my family here, I helped rebuild the hospital here that has my sister’s name on it, my mother’s name, my name! I live here, my life is here, I’m staying here. I don’t want to leave. Derek: You’re asking me to choose between this job and my family? Meredith: I am simply saying I am not going anywhere. I am staying here.


  • Ellen Pompeo – Meredith Grey
  • Justin Chambers – Alex Karev
  • Sandra Oh – Cristina Yang
  • Chandra Wilson – Miranda Bailey
  • James Pickens – Richard Webber
  • Patrick Dempsey – Derek Shepherd
  • Eric Dane – Mark Sloan
  • Sara Ramírez – Callie Torres
  • Kevin McKidd – Owen Hunt
  • Jessica Capshaw – Arizona Robbins
  • Jesse Williams – Jackson Avery
  • Sarah Drew – April Kepner
  • Camilla Luddington – Jo Wilson
  • Gaius Charles – Shane Ross
  • Jerrika Hinton – Stephanie Edwards
  • Tina Majorino – Heather Brooks

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Over the course of ten seasons, Grey’s Anatomy has killed off hundreds of characters — doctors, patients, children, adults, regulars, and one-offs alike. No one is safe! The show has pumped its indie-rock soundtrack, created and exhausted its own catchphrases (seriously), and built up and broken down more romances than a thousand middle school dances. Grey’s does what it does, and even its “shocking” moments, like Heather’s death on the season premiere, aren’t shocking anymore. But Grey’s did manage to surprise me this year, and it was with one of the show’s most interesting stories in years: the Meredith and Cristina Fight. It is a really good fight.

The friendship between Meredith and Cristina has been a central part of the show since its first episodes; one of the series’ calling cards has been its depiction of female friendship and particularly the primacy that friendship enjoyed over romantic relationships. Even the most ardent MerDer fans, who waited years for Meredith and her McDreamy to finally get together once and for all, know that Meredith and Cristina enjoy the most important relationship on the show. They’re each other’s “person,” as they have said many, many times. Their friendship has seen them through miscarriages and abortions, through getting ditched at the altar and getting engaged in an elevator, through the deaths of parents and friends, through a plane crash and a ferry crash and a mass shooting, and through bottles upon bottles of tequila. I can’t imagine envying the romantic or sexual relationships on Grey’s Anatomy, but the Meredith and Cristina friendship? It’s the dream BFF relationship.

That’s ingredient No. 1 in a dramatic fight: stakes. We have high stakes here. Substantive, interesting fights — in life as in television! — also rely on two other ingredients, though. First, a topic on which our characters can reasonably disagree. And second, a reason why that topic is of personal relevance. Put another way, a good TV fight (and again, a good life fight) gets at these questions: Are we fighting about something meaningful? Is this meaning concrete and not just theoretical? And does anyone have anything to lose — really lose — in this argument?

Meredith and Cristina are fighting with each other about the choices they’ve made professionally and personally: to have or not have children, to marry or not to stay married, to stay maniacally, single-mindedly devoted to surgery or to expand their commitments to include things other than professional achievement. “You let up,” Cristina tells Meredith in the season’s fifth episode. Meredith picked motherhood over surgery, and that’s a valid and fine choice, Cristina says. But that means Cristina’s surgical skills have improved and developed in ways Mere’s haven’t. (And lest anyone accuse Grey’s of being anti–working mom, Cristina herself cites Bailey and Callie as surgeons who did not “let up” upon becoming mothers.)

The fight has worn on and on since then, with Meredith and Cristina bickering over their respective medical trials, and doing that thing where you get even madder at someone because they’re not “there” for you — but they’re not there because you were already mad at each other. Things finally came to a head in the season’s twelfth (and most recent) episode, when Meredith figured out Cristina was sleeping with one of her interns. “Congratulations, you’ve become the thing you worshipped,” Meredith says snidely. “You’ve become the thing we laughed at,” Cristina snaps back. One can be a great person and a great doctor, but when Meredith and Cristina looked at each other, that’s not what either of them saw.

I watched a lot of shows where a lot of people fought over a lot of dumb crap this year. I even lived through some fights myself! What strikes me the most about Meredith and Cristina’s fight is how authentic it is, and how even among the hyperbolic and melodramatic stories of the series, this cuts absolutely to the essential qualities of the characters. It’s also a fight I haven’t seen on TV before, one that seems pointedly contemporary to me. It’s not that Cristina’s jealous of Meredith’s family; it’s that she resents the pervasive cultural pressure to act as if she does. It’s hard enough to make big choices for yourself, and to find out that you have to justify that to your best friend? Lean In does not cover this part.

“Here’s a weird thing: many of you didn’t seem to notice that Mer and Cristina MADE UP at the end of the last episode … ,” Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted. I’m one of those weird people who did not notice. They reached a denouement, yes, but it seemed like their conclusion was simply that they’d become very different people over the course of their friendship, that they’d both changed and maybe it was in ways that were no longer compatible. I didn’t take that as making up, but perhaps when the show returns we’ll see a new foundation of trust and candor between Meredith and Cristina.

Not for long, though. Sandra Oh is leaving the series at the end of the season, so no matter what happens, we’re looking at the end of an era for Meredith and Cristina. As long as Cristina survives her exit, though, we’ll be able to hold out hope.

Ellen “Pulls No Punches” Pompeo is opening up about the turbulent early seasons of Grey’s Anatomy — and she is Not. Holding. Back.

“The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment,” the actress recalls in a new interview with TVLine’s sister pub Variety. “But once I started having kids, it became no longer about me. I need to provide for my family.”

Although Pompeo does not point fingers at anyone in particular, she says that the culture on the Grey’s set improved dramatically “after Season 10” in the wake of “some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera.

“It became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years,” she continues. “My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Shonda Rhimes and I decided to rewrite the ending of this story. That’s what’s kept me .”

Pompeo says she also stuck around because she had something to prove. “Patrick Dempsey left the show in Season 11, and the studio and network believed the show could not go on without the male lead,” she recalls. “So I had a mission to prove that it could. I was on a double mission.”

The interview comes on the heels of Pompeo extending her Grey’s deal through May 2021 (aka the series’ 17th season).

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Kevin McKidd Wants to Call Up Sandra Oh for Owen and Cristina’s Reunion

On Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) might be the sun. But Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) is the universe. As any longtime fan will tell you, the hit ABC drama hasn’t been quite the same since Cristina left the series in the tenth season finale for Switzerland. So naturally, Grey’s Anatomy fans are always hoping for Oh’s return as Cristina — even the man who plays Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd). And following the 350th episode of the Shondaland show, where Cristina made a “cameo,” it appears McKidd is on board to call up his old co-star so that their onscreen alter egos, Cristina and Owen, can have their own reunion.

How Cristina Yang returned in the 350th episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

In the eighth episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 16, titled “My Shot,” ABC delivered the 350th episode in true Grey’s fashion. Meredith had her hearing, and fans were met with a whirlwind of emotions with one throwback after another. From old patients to wild moments to the return of the man who killed Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), “My Shot” reminded fans why they fell in love with the show in the first place.

But aside from a killer speech delivered by Meredith, one moment stuck out for every Grey’s Anatomy fan, especially to those who have missed MerTina since season 10. Towards the end of the episode, a cover of Tegan and Sarah’s “Where Does the Good Go” — the song that Meredith and Cristina danced out to for the very last time — played in the background. Then Grey’s Anatomy brought Cristina back in the form of a letter, pulling at the hearts of fans nationwide.

In front of the hearing panel, Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) — aka Meredith’s current “person” — read Cristina’s letter. It said:

People who know me would describe me as selfish to a fault. After that, they’d say honest. I can honestly tell you that if I were dying and a surgery stood between me and death, Dr. Grey’s hands are the only ones that I’d want inside my body. Taking away her license is signing the death certificates of countless future patients. She’s the light in a broken system that she’ll fix, whether you want her to or not. She is the sun, and she is unstoppable. Sincerely, Dr. Cristina Yang.

Kevin McKidd says he’ll call Sandra Oh about Owen Hunt and Cristina Yang’s reunion on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Now, the 350th episode isn’t Cristina’s first “return” in Grey’s Anatomy Season 16. Earlier this season, in the episode titled “It’s Raining Men,” Meredith received a text message from Cristina. And with Cristina’s heartfelt letter in “My Shot,” it’s pretty clear the friendship between the Twisted Sisters lives on. But does Cristina keep in touch with the other doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, such as Owen? It looks like McKidd would also like to know.

“I often wonder. Meredith seems to be in contact with Cristina all the time. So does Owen? Do they just not text each other?” McKidd said in an interview with BUILD.

Nevertheless, the actor proposed his own theories about Cristina and Owen. And McKidd believes the two surgeons are still in contact after all these years.

Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd as Cristina Yang and Owen Hunt in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Danny Feld/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

“I mean, they must direct message each other sometimes … or call each other,” he said. “They didn’t exactly leave each other on bad terms. They were still in love with each other when she left.”

But ultimately, McKidd wants to see an interaction between Owen and Cristina on Grey’s Anatomy. “I would like that,” he said. “For Owen and Cristina to have some conversation.”

McKidd then revealed that he is still close friends with Oh. He also hinted he might tell the Killing Eve actress about his plans for Cristina and Owen on Grey’s Anatomy during their next talk.

“I’m going to call Sandra,” McKidd said. “I just called Sandra last week and we’re still best friends. So I’ll call her and suggest that.”

Will Sandra Oh return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to reunite Cristina Yang and Owen Hunt?

Quite frankly, Oh’s return as Cristina would be a sight to see. And if anyone from the Grey’s Anatomy team is going to convince her, it’s McKidd. But as of now, the chances of a new cameo from Oh feels slim. In 2018, Oh began playing Eve Polastri on BBC America’s Killing Eve, and she has been rocking her role ever since.

When speaking with Entertainment Weekly in March 2018, Oh revealed she wasn’t sure if she wanted to come back to Grey’s Anatomy. But she hinted she might change her mind in the future.

“I guess I can’t really answer it either way where I’m sitting right now, because I’m so committed to Eve,” she said. “The idea of stepping back into the Cristina shoes, it doesn’t feel right to me right now. But honestly, who knows how long Grey’s is gonna go?”

Then in April 2019, Oh confirmed she has settled into her Killing Eve role and doesn’t plan on returning to Grey’s Anatomy anytime soon.

“No,” Oh told Extra when asked if she would make a cameo as Cristina. “Creatively, you have moved on and while I know, and I deeply appreciate, because I can feel it from the fans, how much they love Cristina and how the show keeps Cristina alive, for me, is my home now. This is where I am… I am Eve and that’s where I plan to stay as long as the show will have me, and that’s really where I want to be.”

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Ellen Pompeo congratulates former Grey’s Anatomy costar Sandra Oh on Globes win

The Twisted Sisters are there for each other!

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On Tuesday, Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo shared her support and congratulations for her former costar Sandra Oh after her Golden Globe win for Best Actress in a TV Drama for BBC America’s Killing Eve. Pompeo retweeted Oh’s post-show photo added her own caption that read: “This is a pretty sweet sight I gotta say…no one deserves this more.”

This is a pretty sweet sight I gotta say…. @IamSandraOh no one deserves this more 💯❤️ https://t.co/JJEQX2aVEg

— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) January 8, 2019

Pompeo and Oh starred on the Shonda Rhimes medical drama together for nine years. Their characters Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang were known affectionately by their peers as the “twisted sisters” and depended on one before for just about everything, dubbing one another “my person.” In 2014, Oh left the series to explore other opportunities, which led to her now-award-winning turn on Killing Eve playing Eve Polastri, an MI5 analyst who becomes obsessed with an unhinged female assassin named Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The Golden Globe win was Oh’s second; in 2006, she snagged one for playing Grey’s Cristina.

Grey’s Anatomy creator Rhimes also expressed her joy at Oh’s win on Twitter, sharing how “incredibly happy” she was for the actress and calling her win “well-deserved” and “overdue.”

I am so incredibly happy for @IamSandraOh tonight. Well-deserved. Overdue. She is always best actress, y’all. Always.

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 7, 2019

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Ellen Pompeo remains as candid as ever. The actress has been frank about securing equal pay and ageism in Hollywood. She’s also not afraid of calling out critics who she feels are being unfair. Now she’s once again being blunt—this time about the early days of Grey’s Anatomy.

Speaking with Taraji P. Henson for Variety, Pompeo said there were many moments she’s considered leaving Grey’s—although she also admitted, “I never wanted off the bus in the year that I could get off.” As for those early days? “The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment,” she said. “But once I started having kids, it became no longer about me. I need to provide for my family.”

“At 40 years old, where am I ever going to get this kind of money?” Pompeo continued. “I need to take care of my kids. But after season 10, we had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera…My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Shonda Rhimes and I decided to rewrite the ending of this story. That’s what’s kept me.”

Even after 11 seasons as the show’s title character, Pompeo said, the studio and network believed Grey’s couldn’t go on without Patrick Dempsey after his season 11 departure. And so she found her second mission: proving them wrong.

But what, exactly, was Pompeo referring to when she described the show’s initial “toxic work environment”? We’ve got a few educated guesses.

The earliest, and perhaps most infamous, behind-the-scenes episode in the show’s history came in 2006 when reports surfaced about Isaiah Washington using a homophobic slur to describe T.R. Knight during a heated argument with Dempsey. (Washington himself said he never called Knight the F-word, but granted that he did use the term during the argument—to describe “somebody who is being weak.”) Regardless, Knight came out publicly after that, while Washington was eventually fired from the series. (Although Washington did later return for a guest spot at the end of season 10.)

There’s also the tension that later emerged between Katherine Heigl and Rhimes, after Heigl withdrew herself from Emmy consideration in 2008—saying that the show had not given her worthy enough material that year. That might be why when Heigl returned for season five, she got one of the cruelest write-offs in Grey’s history. (For those struggling to remember: think “hallucinated ghost sex.”)

Pompeo has discussed both of these incidents before. In 2013, she told the New York Post, “Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks, started things spinning out of control. The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work.”

And finally, there’s one more giant elephant in the room of the show’s tense history: Dempsey, who was killed off the series a year before his contract expired. Like Heigl, it was a brutal way to go: incompetent doctors let Derek Shepherd die. Accounts vary as to why Dempsey got the ax, but rumors indicate that he may have been pushed out of the show due to alleged diva behavior or an alleged affair with a Grey’s staffer, which Dempsey has denied.

Regardless of the exact reason for Dempsey’s departure from the series, Pompeo has spoken before about their initial pay disparity, and recalled it once more with Variety. “He was being paid almost double what I was in the beginning,” she said. “He had a television quote. I had never done TV…‘He’s done 13 pilots.’ Well, none of them have gone. I didn’t even realize until we were renegotiating season three. No one was offering that up.”

Thankfully it sounds like the lion’s share of Grey’s drama now happens in front of the camera, where it belongs.

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Grey’s Anatomy has been on TV for 14 seasons. In this current era of entertainment, that’s a modern miracle. It’s survived cast members coming and going, numerous television trends, and continues to still be one of the most-watched medical dramas on the small screen.

A big part of its success is due to the chemistry between actors. It’s not every time that a network scores a home run with casting, but it’s safe to say that Grey’s Anatomy got it right for the most part.

Naturally, many fans believe that the way the characters behave on the screen is exactly how they are in real life, too – but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen Pompeo, who portrays Dr. Meredith Grey on the show, revealed exactly what it’s like behind the scenes.

“Now, I don’t think it’s a secret that we had a real problem at Grey’s for a long time. On the outside, we were a massive success, but there was all of this tumult on the inside: It was a lot of rivalry, a lot of competition,” she said.

She continued: “It starts with actors behaving badly, and then producers enabling them to behave badly. And, by the way, I’m guilty of it, too. I saw squeaky wheels getting all the f**king grease, so I was like, ‘OK, that’s how you do it,’ and I behaved badly as well.”

This begs the question, are any of them actually friends in the real world? Surprisingly, yes.

Here are 8 Grey’s Anatomy Stars Who Are Best Friends (And 7 Who Are Frenemies).


15 Friends: Sandra Oh And Kevin McKidd

Sandra Oh’s Cristina Yang and Kevin McKidd’s Owen Hunt had a tumultuous and passionate relationship in Grey’s Anatomy, which many critics hailed for its depth and genuineness.

In the real world, they’re so close and playful that you’d swear that they were a married couple.

McKidd, though, is happily married and thus his relationship with Oh is purely platonic. You only need to check out their Twitter conversations to see that the two are the best of buds.

It’s not unusual to see them call each other “babe” and “honey,” or for them to hype up the other’s new project.

While there are many TV lovers who despise their co-stars’ guts, Oh and McKidd’s relationship is a friendship goal for everyone.

14 Frenemies: Ellen Pompeo And Patrick Dempsey

Pompeo’s Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd were Grey’s Anatomy’s favorite sweethearts, and we can never forget how devastating McDreamy’s death was on poor Meredith.

Behind the scenes, however, Pompeo and Dempsey were never friends.

The showrunners played them up against each other, always threatening Pompeo that if she didn’t renew her contract, they still had Dempsey.

“They did for years. I don’t know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals,” Pompeo told The Hollywood Reporter. “There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that.”

Pompeo doesn’t seem too sad that Dempsey is now gone from the show, as it’s probably benefited her paycheck and mental health.


13 Friends: Jerrika Hinton And Camilla Luddington

Camilla Luddington’s Jo Wilson and Jerrika Hinton’s Stephanie Edwards were as thick as thieves at Grey Sloan. With Stephanie now gone from the show, Jo will need to find a new buddy, but it’s unlikely that she’ll ever forget her true BFF.

Outside of the medical drama, though, Hinton and Luddington can continue their friendship with no storyline drama or producer intervention.

Much like their characters’ obvious goodwill towards each other, these two ladies get on like a house on fire off screen as well.

Chatting to Glamour about her first day on set and working with Luddington, Hinton said, “My first impression was that we were going to get along great”– and she got it spot-on.

12 Frenemies: T. R. Knight And Shonda Rhimes

The departure of T. R. Knight from Grey’s Anatomy was a shock for everyone. His character, George O’Malley, had become one of the most beloved peeps on the show, and then he was gone.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about his departure from the popular series, Knight didn’t hold back about his reasons.

He bemoaned his character’s treatment over time and referred to a gradual breakdown of communication between himself and executive producer Shonda Rhimes.

“My five-year experience proved to me that I could not trust any answer that was given . And with respect, I’m going to leave it at that,” he said.

Additionally, Knight mentioned how Rhimes discouraged him from coming out publicly – something that Rhimes vehemently denied.


11 Friends: Ellen Pompeo And Sarah Drew

The departure of Sarah Drew from Grey’s Anatomy left a lot of people shocked. Matters were made worse when it was speculated that the reason for her and Jessica Capshaw’s departures was due to a pay dispute.

Reportedly, the two stars weren’t happy that Ellen Pompeo made more money than them.

Pompeo dismissed these claims as nonsense and stated that the ladies wouldn’t approve of such false information being spread.

In an Instagram post, Pompeo wrote a tribute to Drew.

“Thank you to , you served up the sugar and spice for nine years and it’s been a blast. Your passion and talent for storytelling has touched so many people, provoked thought and Grey’s is a better show because of it and you,” she wrote.

10 Frenemies: Shonda Rhimes And Katherine Heigl

This one is on Katherine Heigl. In 2008, she pulled out of Emmy contention, stating, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.”

The showrunners, especially Shonda Rhimes, were outraged by her comments, considering how much screen time Heigl’s Izzie Stevens received on the show.

However, they didn’t fire the actress, who left on her own accord in 2010.

Speaking about a new show to The Hollywood Reporter years later, Rhimes said, “I don’t put up with or nasty people. I don’t have time for it. There are no Heigls in this situation.”

Yikes. It doesn’t sound like they’ll be exchanging Christmas cards any time soon.


9 Friends: Katherine Heigl And Kate Walsh

Despite Katherine Heigl rubbing most of her co-stars the wrong way, she has a friend in Kate Walsh.

Both actresses are no longer on Grey’s Anatomy, but it seems like they’ve kept in touch over the years.

In 2013, Heigl posted on Facebook: “Having the time of my life at said wedding with Kate Walsh, Josh Kelley, Kate’s amazing fella Chris, and of course my girl Chey!”

She also shared photos from the photo booth that showed her and Walsh having a good time at the Upstate New York wedding.

Maybe it’s the fact that both actresses received so much heat in their respective stints on the medical drama that brought them closer together as friends.

8 Frenemies: Kate Walsh And Ellen Pompeo

It seems like the Grey’s Anatomy cast members are a bit of a jealous bunch. After Kate Walsh’s character, Dr. Addison Montgomery, received her own spinoff series, Private Practice, her fellow cast members felt blindsided by the news and weren’t exactly congratulatory.

“The rest of the cast seemed instantly resentful of . They each thought they’d be the one chosen to get their own show, and now they’re giving Kate the cold shoulder,” a source explained to Star.

Apparently, Ellen Pompeo took the news extra hard, as she “seemed particularly peeved because she felt that, as the star, she should have been consulted.”

Sheesh. It sounds like no one on Grey’s Anatomy celebrates their colleagues’ successes.


7 Friends: Ellen Pompeo And Justin Chambers

Considering that Justin Chambers and Ellen Pompeo are veterans of Grey’s Anatomy, it should come as no surprise that they’ve spent a lot of time together.

After all these years as co-stars, it’s almost impossible for them to not be friends.

When quizzed about Chambers’ character, Alex Karev, being a potential love interest for Meredith, Pompeo said to E! News, “Justin is one of my favorite people on the planet. We’re really close, and it does feel weird. To potentially maybe have him as a love interest would be like kissing my brother.”

Pompeo isn’t giving us lip service, either, as the two have shared many close moments over the years and it’s blatantly obvious that they enjoy each other’s company.

6 Frenemies: Ellen Pompeo And Katherine Heigl

After Katherine Heigl’s Emmy faux pas, she didn’t exactly endear herself to her castmates. Naturally, she annoyed Grey’s Anatomy’s star Ellen Pompeo, who’s fiercely defensive about the series.

Chatting to the New York Post, Pompeo tried to be diplomatic about the Heigl debacle but couldn’t resist taking a stab at her the same time.

“When Katie left, it was tough. You could understand why she wanted to go – when you’re offered $12 million a movie and you’re only 26. But Katie’s problem is that she should not have renewed her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise, and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off,” she said.


5 Friends: Jesse Williams And Sarah Drew

Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew arrived on the Grey’s Anatomy set at the same time. Being the newbies on the scene, they struck up a friendship and you can find many pictures of the two goofing around backstage all over the net.

When Drew left the show along with Jessica Capshaw, Williams took to Twitter to air his sadness about their unexpected departures.

He tweeted: “Sarah and Jessica are easily among my very favorite people and co-workers, so this news sucks. Their immense talent speaks for itself but it’s them as people that I’m so grateful to know, privileged to have worked with and learned from. To say they’ll be missed is a massive understatement.”

4 Frenemies: T. R. Knight And Isaiah Washington

Okay, this is a weird one. During an on-set fracas between Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington, the latter reportedly used a homophobic slur toward T. R. Knight.

The reason is because Knight was late to film a scene and Washington got impatient about it.

Initially, Washington denied that he’d directed the comment at Knight. However, he later released a statement to PEOPLE.

“I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set. Both are beneath my own personal standards… I have nothing but respect for my co-workers… and have apologized personally to everyone involved,” he said.

As we all know by now, Washington got the boot from the series after the incident.


3 Friends: Sandra Oh And Ellen Pompeo

Watching the friendship of Meredith and Cristina blossom, it’s evident that it also brought the actresses Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh together in real life.

After spending so long as co-stars, Oh decided it was time for a change and left Grey’s Anatomy in 2014.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Oh discussed her emotional last scene with Pompeo.

“It was deeply emotional. It was the last scene that Ellen and I shot. I can’t speak for how it was for her to shoot that, but at the very end, I remember feeling for our chests embracing. I’m holding her and I can hear that she’s tearing up. I was holding her and it felt like we were one body,” she said.

2 Frenemies: Patrick Dempsey And Isaiah Washington

Arguably the most high-profile Grey’s Anatomy bust-up involved Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington.

Reportedly, Washington became agitated that T. R. Knight was late to film a scene, while Dempsey wanted to wait for their co-star. A full-blown argument developed between the two men.

According to a source, “Isaiah was running his mouth off. Isaiah verbally attacked Patrick – he tore into him. Patrick’s voice escalated and he did tell Isaiah to ‘ off’ – that was as heated as Patrick got.”

Later on, Washington did make a joke about the whole thing, complimenting Dempsey’s “pretty blue eyes” after the pair came close to exchanging blows on set.

The incident ended up being the catalyst for Washington’s exit from the show.


1 Friends: Kate Walsh And Sara Ramirez

When Kate Walsh left Grey’s Anatomy for Private Practice, her co-star Sara Ramirez told PEOPLE, “I think she is amazing, and I am going to miss her … is an enormously talented woman, and I think she is so much fun to watch. I wish her continued success.”

As it turns out, the two ladies stayed in touch over the years.

Ramirez has been spotted attending Walsh’s birthday party in the past, and the two of them have even gone out dancing together.

When a fan tweeted Ramirez about her dancing on tables, she responded with: “Going dancing with Kate Walsh is the best.”

We all need friends like Ramirez and Walsh in our lives.

Do you know any other Grey’s Anatomy actors who are friends or frenemies? Let us know in the comments!

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One of the most dynamic duos in Grey’s Anatomy history is Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh). But sadly, their iconic reign ended when Oh left the series in 2013. The actress has been quite busy since then, most recently starring in the critically acclaimed BBC America series Killing Eve. (She picked up a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the show earlier this year.)

Even still, people are stuck on the idea of Oh’s making a return to Grey’s Anatomy sometime in the future. After all, she was a pivotal part of the long-running series, which may end with season 16, so fans are hoping for some on-screen magic before time runs out.

Unfortunately, this isn’t something on Oh’s mind at the moment. “I get question regularly, and I answer it really based on what I’m feeling that day—and today is no,” she told TV Line last June.

And this is something Pompeo is cool with—even though she “selfishly” wants Oh to resurrect Cristina Yang. Her reasoning? She’s happy Oh is finding success and fulfillment in her current work.

“Selfishly I would love to see Sandra Oh come back to Grey’s,” Pompeo told TV Line this week. “But I also love Killing Eve so much, and I love seeing her have so many of these incredible moments. So, as much as I love Sandra, I’d rather see her shine out on her own. I enjoy that more. That‘s more gratifying to me.” Spoken like a true friend!

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According to TV Line, Oh’s affection for Killing Eve is a major reason why a return to Grey’s isn’t on her radar. “I love Eve. I really love her,” Oh told the outlet. “I also love Cristina Yang. I’m constantly stunned at the response I still get from , you know? It’s so fantastic, and it pleases me. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction that, you know, you did work that actually continues going on past the time that you’ve left it… It’s really phenomenal. And the only way that I think I can continue doing good work is just staying true to my own compass. And that compass is pointing north.”

No matter where her compass points, though, we’ll always have the 200+ episodes of Grey’s featuring Cristina to keep us warm. And good news: They’re all streaming on Netflix.

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The two were the main characters on Grey’s Anatomy until 2015.

He was her person. But not anymore. Everyone that has watched Grey’s Anatomy knows that there will never be another couple like Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd. They went through hell and back together, but (spoiler alert) he ended up being killed off on season 11 in 2015. While the two were never BFFs in real life, unlike Sandra Oh who played Cristina Yang and Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey left a lot behind when he left. Like his friendship with Ellen.

Let’s just say that fans of Grey’s Anatomy were absolutely crushed when Dr. Shepherd was killed off. The show is notorious for killing off favourite characters, which gives 0 hope of them coming back. But for Ellen Pompeo, she’s not dwelling on the lost friendship between the two.

In an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Willow Smith during their Red Table Talk episode, Ellen Pompeo revealed it had been a long, long time since the two have spoken. 2015 to be exact. After picking the question, “Are you and Patrick Dempsey still friends?” she shared that they hadn’t spoken since his exit on the show.

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She went on to reveal that she has no hard feelings for him, and she praised him by saying he’s a wonderful actor, and that they made the best TV together. She also said that he’s a talented man, and that he “did an amazing 11 years”. If we’re being real here, the show isn’t the same without this power couple.

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Ellen Pompeo went into a little more detail, stating that “Typically when people leave the show, they need to sort of re-find themselves, who they are, without the show, because the show takes up so much of your life.” Even though they have not spoken in 3 years, she claims she will always have a special place in her heart for him. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

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