Ellen Pompeo Hasn't Been Asked To Renew Her Contract At 'Grey's Anatomy' — WTF?

Tue, September 6, 2011 7:47pm EDT by 19 Comments

Ellen Pompeo revealed she hasn’t been invited to participate in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ past season eight! Um, excuse me?

I’ve made my love for Mer/Der pretty clear, particularly when faced with the devastating thought of Patrick Dempsey or Ellen Pompeo leaving Grey’s Anatomy after this season. So imagine my utter confusion and indignancy when I read the following quote from Ellen: “I was invited for eight years… and no one has asked me for a day more.” Does anybody else hear a giant record scratch?

“I know Shonda Rhimes has said the show will continue [beyond that], but I wouldn’t presume that they want to continue with me. You don’t get dressed for the party if you don’t have an invitation.”  Ellen told TV Guide Magazine. Everyone say it with me: SERIOUSLY?! We’re pretty sure she should have a giant VIP invitation from ABC, delivered alongside a pair of scrubs made out of pure gold. (Or something like that, you get my point).

Regardless, Ellen is happy to stay at Grey’s Anatomy, given the right storylines for her character Meredith Grey. “I would love the opportunity to discuss it. I would never turn up my nose at Grey’s. As long as the stories are honest and truthful, and Patrick [Dempsey] and I feel there is material for us to be passionate about, it still beats a 9-to-5 job any day.”

So what if Patrick and Sandra Oh and the rest of the original cast decides to leave once their contracts are done this year? “I have been blessed to work beside Sandra Oh for the past eight years; she’s an incredible talent,” said Ellen, who feels the same way about Patrick and “all the original cast members who aren’t there anymore—T.R. [Knight], Isaiah [Washington], Katie [Heigl]. I didn’t think the show could go on without any of them, yet we found a way to do it. It might be an interesting story for Meredith to have to deal with losing Cristina.”

The actress even revealed she’d stay with the show just for her fans! “If I hear from the fans that they want us to keep going, then I would continue, because we owe them everything.”

Fellow fans … you ready to start campaigning?! Sound off below and let us know how you feel about Ellen not being asked back yet! Do you want her to stay?


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