Ellen Pompeo Opens Up About Katherine Heigl’s 2009 Grey’s Anatomy Comments

In 2009, Katherine Heigl, perhaps at the height of her fame on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, made some then-controversial comments about the show’s grueling working conditions…which Ellen Pompeo has now confirmed.

Pompeo, 52, hosted fellow Grey’s Anatomy co-star Kate Walsh on her Tell Me podcast, where she addressed the comments for the first time.

The actress, who has played Meredith Gray since the hit ABC series debuted in 2005, said Heigl was “100% honest.”

Confirmed: In 2009, Katherine Heigl, perhaps at the height of her fame on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, made then-controversial comments about the show’s grueling working conditions… which Ellen Pompeo has now confirmed

Comments: Pompeo, 52, welcomed fellow Grey's Anatomy co-star Kate Walsh to her Tell Me podcast, where she addressed the comments for the first time

Comments: Pompeo, 52, welcomed fellow Grey’s Anatomy co-star Kate Walsh to her Tell Me podcast, where she addressed the comments for the first time

Heigl was promoting her new film The Ugly Truth on a July 2009 episode of Late Night with David Letterman, where she added that she had just returned to Grey’s and made some controversial comments.

“Our first day back was Wednesday and it was…I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses them…a 17 hour day, which I think is cruel and mean,” said Heigl.

The public didn’t respond to her statement, as she quickly added that it was “really great to be back because all my friends are here and at this point they’re like family.”

Controversial: Heigl was promoting her new film The Ugly Truth in a July 2009 episode of Late Night with David Letterman, where she added that she had just returned to Grey's and made controversial comments

Controversial: Heigl was promoting her new film The Ugly Truth in a July 2009 episode of Late Night with David Letterman, where she added that she had just returned to Grey’s and made controversial comments

During her latest podcast episode, Pompeo and Walsh reflected on her comments, with Pompeo saying, “I remember Heigl said something on a talk show about the crazy hours we were working and she was 100% right.”

Heigl had been called “difficult” to work with and reportedly has a rather contentious relationship with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.

Pompeo admitted it was a different time when Heigl made those comments, and they would have been received much differently now.

100% true: During his latest podcast episode, Pompeo and Walsh reflected on his comments, with Pompeo saying:

100% true: During her latest podcast episode, Pompeo and Walsh reflected on her comments, with Pompeo saying: ‘I remember Heigl said something on a talk show about the crazy hours we were working and she was 100 % reason”

“If she had said that today, she would be a complete hero. But she’s ahead of her time, made a statement about our crazy hours and of course let’s smack a woman and call her ungrateful,” Pompeo said.

She went on to say that Katherine opening up about working hours was ‘100% honest’ and was ‘absolutely correct’ about it all.

“And she was fucking cheeky for saying it. And she was telling the truth. She wasn’t lying,’ Pompeo said on the podcast.

Hero: 'If she had said that today, she would be a complete hero.  But she's ahead of her time, made a statement about our crazy hours and of course let's slam a woman and call her ungrateful,' Pompeo said

Hero: ‘If she had said that today, she would be a complete hero. But she’s ahead of her time, made a statement about our crazy hours and of course let’s slam a woman and call her ungrateful,’ Pompeo said

Correct: She went on to say that Katherine opening up about working hours was

Correct: She went on to say that Katherine opening up about working hours was “100% honest” and was “absolutely correct” about everything

Heigl played Dr. Izzie Stevens for the first six seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, which made her a household name and propelled her film career.

She would later return to television with State of Affairs, Doubt and Suits, while recently performing on Firefly Lane.

She plays Victoria Woodhull in the upcoming Woodhull series, playing the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872.

Izzie: Heigl played Dr. Izzie Stevens for the first six seasons of Grey's Anatomy, which made her a household name and propelled her film career

Izzie: Heigl played Dr. Izzie Stevens for the first six seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, which made her a household name and propelled her film career

Coming Soon: She plays Victoria Woodhull in the upcoming Woodhull series, playing the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872.

Coming Soon: She plays Victoria Woodhull in the upcoming Woodhull series, playing the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872.

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