Ellen Pompeo Reveals If 'Grey's Anatomy' Ends This Season

Ellen Pompeo poses on the red carpet at an industry event.
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Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has revealed if the long-running ABC series will take its final bows at the close of this season.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, the actress said that things are still very up in the air regarding the medical drama's future on the network.

For 17 seasons, the show has thrilled its dedicated fans with not only expert medical drama, but has highlighted a delicate interwoven balance of storylines that continue to keep the series fresh.

'We Haven't Decided'


"I can't say. Can't say," Ellen said. "We honestly have not decided. We're really trying to figure it out right now."

Ellen was also asked whether production was attempting to decide if the show will end or if it doesn't.

To that, the actress said, "yes."

"It's, what story do we tell? To end a show this iconic, you know, how do we do it? I just want to make sure we do this character and this show and the fans – I want to make sure we do it right," she said.

'This Could Be It'

Ellen Pompeo smiles on the red carpet.
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In a 2020 interview with Variety, Ellen addresses the same question about when the show would end its run.

"We don't know when the show is really ending yet," she said. "But the truth is, this year could be it."

"I'm constantly fighting for the show as a whole to be as good as it can be. As a producer, I feel like I have permission to be able to do that. I mean, this is the last year of my contract right now. I don't know that this is the last year? But it could very well be."

Meredith's Life Hangs In The Balance

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) battles COVID-19 on 'Grey's Anatomy.'

Throughout this season, Dr. Meredith Grey, played by Ellen since the show's 2005 debut, has battled COVID-19.

During the midseason finale in December 2020, her character's health took a turn for the worse. 

People Magazine reported that after experiencing hallucinations including interactions with her late husband Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and former Grey Sloan intern George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) passed out after getting out of her hospital bed to tend to a Code Blue patient. It was discussed whether or not to put her on a ventilator.

Could This Be The End For The Beloved Character?

Chandra Wilson and Ellen Pompeo star on 'Grey's Anatomy.'

"No," said Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson). "She said she didn't want to be on a vent."

"Unless it was a last resort," said Richard Webber, played by James Pickens Jr.

Teddy told his colleagues that the doctor's lungs were at a breaking point. Teddy said that early results were good and that more patients survived after being put on a ventilator.

Richar made the decision to move forward as he is Meredith's healthcare proxy.

Grey's Anatomy returns on March 11.