Ellen Pompeo To Return For 19th Season Of 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo To Return For 19th Season Of 'Grey's Anatomy'

The medical drama has been on air since March 27, 2005.

Meredith Grey is back! ABC has confirmed season 19 of the longest-running primetime medical drama series, Grey's Anatomy, starring Ellen Pompeo. According to ABC's press release, the upcoming season 19 “will explore the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning and new characters.” Executive producer and showrunner Krista Vernoff will continue to lead the series. The series features Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, and James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, the three of whom are the only actors who remained on all 18 seasons of the show.


"Grey's Anatomy has a global impact that can't be overstated," Vernoff said. "Grey's touches, and sometimes changes, hearts and minds worldwide through the depth of connection people feel with these characters. I'm excited to work with our extraordinary writers to dream up where we go from here, and I'm always grateful to our partners at Disney and ABC for letting us tell bold stories with real impact." Added creator Shonda Rhimes, "I couldn't be more excited that we get to keep telling the stories of Meredith, Bailey, Richard, and all of the other doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial for another season. This is a true testament to Krista Vernoff, the cast, the crew, and all the writers who keep the audience on the edge of their seat week after week. And it would not be possible without the generations of incredible fans who have supported Grey's Anatomy for so many years."


The announcement comes after Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey, told Insider that she felt that the show which first aired in 2005 should come to a close. “I’ve been trying to focus on convincing everybody that [Grey’s] should end. ​I feel like I’m the super naive one who keeps saying, ‘But what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?’ And everyone’s like, ‘Who cares, Ellen? It makes a gazillion dollars.'”


Back in 2019, the 52-year-old actress who also serves as Executive Producer on the series told PEOPLE, "Obviously I never anticipated the show still being the No. 1 show on the network. How do you walk away from a hit? The fans will dictate when the show ends. As much as we think we're in control, we're not. It's the fans' show at this point. They control how long the show goes. We'll see. I kind of just take it year by year and see." She added, "So much has happened here. I've had three children. I've gotten married. It's a huge chunk of my life. I've learned so much. It's just been an amazing evolution." She did admit to Variety in 2020 that it would likely end when she leaves. "I don't take the decision lightly," she said back then. "We employ a lot of people, and we have a huge platform. And I'm very grateful for it."


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