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Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Ellen Pompeo robbed while vacationing in Italy
"My purse was stolen from right under my nose!! I blame the rose!! But Grazia to whoever stole it for dropping it on the street exactly in tact," the Grey's Anatomy star wrote on Instagram.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Grey’s Anatomy stands as a testament to the power of an old-fashioned, long-running network series
While the current TV trend emphasizes shorter seasons and quality over quantity, Grey's is that rare throwback to past TV series that were able to run for years while maintaining interest among fans. As Caroline Siede explains, "long-running show like Grey’s Anatomy measures its successes and failures in eras, not episodes or even seasons. And while Grey’s Anatomy has had some real low points over the years (yes, this is a medical series where someone had sex with a ghost that turned out to be a manifestation of her brain tumor), it’s had plenty of peaks to counter those valleys. The show’s most recent creative renaissance came thanks to its biggest ever creative shakeup—the decision to kill off Patrick Dempsey’s Dr. Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd in the 11th season episode 'How To Save A Life.' In examining what Meredith’s life looks like in a post-Derek world, Grey’s Anatomy got a creative kick start (not to mention a ratings boost). And since then it’s been refreshingly willing to mine its own past for emotional resonance, most successfully in seasons 12 and 14."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
How Grey's Anatomy said goodbye to Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw
Ellen Pompeo strongly hinted how fan favorites April and Arizona likely wouldn't exit the series in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "And judging from how Thursday's finale ended for both departing actresses, it's clear that the ABC medical drama valued Capshaw and Drew as much as their legions of viewers did," says Lesley Goldberg. After the episode ended, Shonda Rhimes paid tribute to the actresses, tweeting: "I will never stop being grateful for the chance to work with @sarahdrew and @JessicaCapshaw. In April and Arizona, they created powerful unforgettable characters.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Ellen Pompeo hints Grey's Anatomy is starting to plan for the end
"Yes, we're starting to think about how you would end a show this iconic," the actress tells Entertainment Tonight of her show that was recently renewed for Season 15. "How do you end it? But we're not there yet. We're going to focus on season 15. We just take it one season at a time." Pompeo adds: "The show's a tremendous money maker, let's be honest. It makes a fortune for everybody and everyone wants to keep it going. Now, it's sort of fun. We're in a contest with ourselves. How long can we keep this going and still have this level of quality."
Posted Saturday 4/21/18 at 2:19AM EDT
Grey's Anatomy renewed for Season 15, becoming ABC's longest-running scripted series
The renewal was considered a foregone conclusion since Ellen Pompeo signed a two-year deal in January to stay on the medical drama. With the pickup, Grey's Anatomy surpasses The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the ABC sitcom that aired for 14 seasons between 1952 and 1966. The renewal was revealed at the Grey's Anatomy's Season 14 wrap party on Friday night. “Grey’s Anatomy has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey in a statement. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.” ALSO: See the Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw farewell cake.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Shonda Rhimes pays tribute to Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw on their final day on Grey's Anatomy
“I need to devote a whole day just to celebrate Jessica and just to celebrate Sarah," Rhimes wrote on Instagram last night. "To tell you stories about their talent and to tell what I know about what their roles have meant. A social media post won’t cut it and I will not minimize their magic by pretending it will. I have more to say. I will do so. For now, I will just say how lucky we were to witness their talents and the magic they brought to their characters.”
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Ellen Pompeo tells Ellen "it's absolutely not true" that her pay hike led to Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew's exits
“I mean, I’m not involved in these kind of decisions," the Grey's Anatomy star said on Thursday's Ellen show. "However, there’s a few problems that you encounter doing a show for 14 seasons. And one of them is the writers have a really hard time creatively, you know, thinking up new stories for all these characters. I think we have 16 regular cast members and it’s always sad when we lose people for whatever reason, whether they want to go or they don’t wanna go, it doesn’t make it any easier.”
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 7:46PM EST
Ellen Pompeo slams speculation her new Grey's Anatomy deal led to her castmates exiting the series
In breaking the Grey's Anatomy news this morning, Deadline stressed that Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw were being dropped after nine years for strictly creative reasons. But the online publication's mention that the news came "on the heels" of Pompeo's blockbuster new deal didn't sit well with Pompeo, who took to Twitter to express her outrage. "Its unfortunate that @DEADLINE chooses to try to pit women against eachother on #InternationalWomensDay," Pompeo tweeted, adding: "I'm a big girl @DEADLINE can take shots at me if they want but to the fans please don't fall into that trap. This is above my pay grade." Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff also responded on Twitter: “The suggestion in the Deadline article that our cast changes are in any way related to Ellen Pompeo’s salary renegotiation is wrong and hurtful and misguided. It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others.”
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.