Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 will be broadcast on ABC on November 12th, but already now her main star Ellen Pompeo has indicated that we are entering the final season of the show she has been directing since 2005.
In a variety play about the long history of medical drama, actress Meredith Grey said: “We don’t know yet when the show will really end. But the truth is that it could be this year”.
Later she added: “I mean, this is the last year of my contract at the moment. I don’t know that this is the last year? But it could very well be.”
Of course, this could just be a bargaining tool on the part of Pompeo, who will probably enter into contract negotiations soon – after all, the suggestion that she is willing to leave the show could force ABC to give her a reason to stay, by increasing the $20 million a year contract that has already made her the highest paid female actress on television.
In the Variety interview, she also jokes, “There’s your tone! There’s your click bait! ABC is on the phone!”
But as long-time fans know, without Pompeo there is no Grey’s Anatomy. That was something the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, confirmed in 2017 when she told E! News said: “Ellen and I have a pact that I will do the show as long as she does the show. So the show will last as long as we both want to do it. If she wants to quit, we’ll quit.”
Although Pompeo’s comments suggest that Season 17 may be the last one for Grey’s Anatomy, which means that the last episodes will air in 2021, fans will feel a certain déjà vu from the actor’s words.
Earlier this year, for example, she said about the armchair expert’s podcast: “I think at this point, getting out sooner rather than later after we’ve done what we’ve done and leaving while the series is still up is definitely a goal. I’m not trying to stay on the show forever. No way. ”
Meanwhile, in 2019, Pompeo told TV Line: “I keep saying: ‘I’m ready to go on and I want to finish the show before the ratings drop’, but the ratings never drop!
Previously, she said 2018 deadline: “I have been saying since the first season: ‘We still have two years to go. This show is taking on a life of its own, and who knows? We’re really taking it season after season.”
That same year, the actress told Entertainment Weekly, “I really feel like we’ve told the most stories we can tell. It’s time for me to shake it up. I’m definitely looking for a change.”
But ABC is clearly preparing for the show to run for a few more years. In July 2020, Camilla Luddington (who plays Dr. Jo Karev), Kevin McKidd (who plays Dr. Owen Hunt) and Kim Raver (Dr. Teddy Altman) signed three-year contracts, which means they are tied to the show until at least season 19 if it lasts that long.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 begins Thursday, November 12 on ABC….