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Ellen Pompeo: I Fought For Mer/Der To Adopt An African Baby On 'Grey's Anatomy'

Thu, May 12, 2011 1:12pm EDT by 4 Comments

Ellen Pompeo speaks about the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy and explains why she fought for characters Meredith and Derek’s adoption of an African baby

Ellen Pompeo is making the rounds promoting the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, which airs a week from today. She sat down with the ladies of The View to chat about the finale, and revealed she fought hard to make the storyline of Meredith and Derek adopting an African baby happen.

As Grey’s winds down, we recently saw Meredith (finally!) officially marry Derek in the hopes of making themselves better candidates for an adoption. Derek fell in love with one of the babies Alex Karev brought over from Africa, and since Meredith has had fertility problems the couple decided to start the adoption process.

Ellen says she fought for this storyline, and it’s the first time she’s fought for anything on the show. (She also revealed Sandra Oh often fights for stories, which is very Christina Yang of her). Ellen explained that she knows adoption is a topic close to many people’s hearts.

The actress confessed she’s still “shocked” by how much the show affects people’s lives. This is why she felt she had a responsibility to properly portray the adoption plot. “We really have to tell this story right […] We have to be strong, we have to show hope […] We have to offer something to people who are relating to this […] There’s got to be a strength brought to thie issue.”

Whoopi Goldberg asked Ellen if there was any racial backlash from Mer/Der being white parents to a black baby. “No one can say anything to me because I had a baby of color,” replied Ellen, mother to Stella Luna, her daughter with husband Chris Ivery. When asked about white parents adopting black children, the conversation started getting a little heated. “The separation doesn’t get us any closer to anything,” Ellen retorted, adding that the NAACP Awards shouldn’t exist, there should just be a “Peoples’ Awards”.

Ellen didn’t give much else away about the finale, she just explains that something happens that is a repercussion of a previous episode, presumably referring to Meredith messing with the Alzheimer’s trial.

Are you glad Ellen fought for the adoption storyline? What do you think of her comments? Sound off below!

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  2. Click here for last week’s recap!
  3. Click here for more on Mer/Der baby adoption!