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Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
Fox News host Laura Ingraham taking heat for telling LeBron James to "shut up and dribble"
The NBA star said President Trump doesn't "give a f*ck about the people," prompting the conservative Fox News host to slam him and Kevin Durant for their anti-Trump comments. “Must they run their mouths like that? Unfortunately a lot of kids and some adults take these ignorant comments seriously,” she said, adding that "it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who get paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.” Her comments were met with a fierce response on Twitter, accusing her of barely disguised racism. "They use to try and hide it.. now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths," tweeted James' former teammate Dwyane Wade. "Someone tell this bitch to meet me outside... Im so not in the mood for playing nice or polite this week," added Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
The Top 50 Grey's Anatomy couples, ranked
Are Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd No. 1?
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Megyn Kelly: "You must be a pig" when negotiating your TV salary
On this morning's Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly -- reported to be earning $23 million a year at NBC -- brought up Ellen Pompeo's recent frank discussion about her Grey's Anatomy salary to her actress guests. “Actually, when you’re in a contract negotiation, you must be greedy,” Kelly said. “I always say, having practiced law for ten years, you must be a pig. That is the time to be comfortable just going for it.”
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Ellen Pompeo was moved by the reaction to her stunningly frank discussion of her Grey’s Anatomy salary
Pompeo told Jimmy Kimmel she was initially “nervous” about The Hollywood Reporter article on becoming "TV's $20 Million Woman." Pompeo said she was worried she would get in trouble because “I have quite a big mouth and I’m honest to a fault, which in print can get you in trouble sometimes.” She added: “I’m grateful that it was received in the way in which I intended it to be, which was as an empowering story for woman and to also, you know, be very honest about my faults and my shortcomings.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 1:29PM EST
Grey’s Anatomy returns to a season high following Ellen Pompeo’s rich new deal
The ABC drama saw a 20% ratings jump with its first new episode in two months, with 8.2 million viewers tuning in. The other ABC Shondaland dramas Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder also saw some improvement, but not as significantly as Grey’s.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
Ellen Pompeo’s “astonishingly candid” interview exposes Hollywood’s misogyny when it comes to equal pay
The Grey’s Anatomy star’s chat with The Hollywood Reporter is “surprising in that few performers of any gender have ever been this frank and this specific about the terms of their salaries and negotiations,” says Kevin Fallon. He adds: “Speaking with the candor, not to mention shrugging profanity, that gave Pompeo line-cutting passes to the VIP section of the ‘Celebrities We All Want to Grab Drinks With’ party, she reveals her ambitions as an actor (more specifically, her lack thereof), the neglect of male allies, the bleak reality for women in Hollywood, and the explicit notion that because she’s a woman she didn’t deserve an excessive payday—despite being the lead of her show. At a time when gender pay equity is one of the more visible lightning bolts in the thunder storm of industry conversations about the treatment of women and minorities, Pompeo just became Zeus of the cause. (And if former Grey’s co-star Patrick Dempsey gets a little electrocuted in the aftermath, well, bitch should’ve aligned himself with the Goddess Pompzeus when he had the chance.)”
- Even if you couldn’t care less about Grey’s Anatomy, Pompeo’s interview is worth reading
- Pompeo offers some frank salary advice for women
- Pompeo reminds women that it’s empowering and important to have a woman (like Shonda Rhimes) in your corner
- Actors everywhere, take note: This is how you do an interview
- 10 remarkably candid quotes from Pompeo’s interview
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
Ellen Pompeo signs $20 million deal to stay with Grey’s Anatomy two more seasons, reveals how Patrick Dempsey affected past negotiations
Pompeo’s new deal will make her TV’s highest-paid drama actress and keep her on the ABC series for Seasons 15 and 16 while also making her a producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll make “$575,000 per episode, along with a seven-figure signing bonus and two full backend equity points on the series, estimated to bring in another $6 million to $7 million. She also will get a producing fee plus backend on this spring's Grey's spinoff as well as put pilot commitments and office space for her Calamity Jane production company on Disney's Burbank lot.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her new deal, Pompeo recalled her past battles for pay: “For me, Patrick (Dempsey) leaving the show (in 2015) was a defining moment, deal-wise,” she said. “They could always use him as leverage against me — ‘We don't need you; we have Patrick’ — which they did for years. I don't know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that. At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey's Anatomy and I'm Meredith Grey. They wouldn't give it to me. And I could have walked away, so why didn't I? It's my show; I'm the number one. I'm sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy? You feel conflicted but then you figure, ‘I’m not going to let a guy drive me out of my own house. So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn't even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy”: Martin Henderson.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
Ellen Pompeo to direct "an important Alex episode" for Grey’s Anatomy
This will mark her second time directing after helming an episode last season.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 2:45PM EST
Shonda Rhimes: Grey’s Anatomy won’t continue without Ellen Pompeo
"Ellen and I have a pact that I'm going to do the show as long as she's going to do the show," Rhimes tells E!. "So the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we're stopping. So I don't know if we'll see 600, but I want to keep it feeling fresh. As long as there are fresh stories to tell and as long as we're both excited about the stories being told, we're in. So, we'll see where that takes us."
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 10:48PM EST
Ellen Pompeo: One of the reasons I’ve stayed on Grey’s Anatomy is to avoid sexual harassment in the industry
Pompeo recalls as a young actress telling alleged sexual harasser/director James Toback to go f*ck himself after he asked herto be naked in his movie. She also once met with Harvey Weinstein, but nothing bad happened. "I've been so lucky and maybe part of my choice to stay (on Grey's Anatomy) was knowing exactly what my environment was," she says. "Going out there and auditioning for jobs and basically having to beg men and get their approval for jobs was never fun for me. Even though I didn't have any terrible experiences like some of these poor girls, this is the environment and you're aware of it. I'm very grateful in my choice to stay in my safe space."
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 5:44PM EDT
Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid TV actress for the sixth year in a row
The Modern Family star earned $41.5 million from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, roughly a quarter of which actually came from her sitcom earnings, according to Forbes. Kaley Cuoco finished second with $26 million, while Mindy Kaling and Ellen Pompeo tied for third with $13 million.