Ellen Pompeo will have a reduced role in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Gray was the central figure in the entire hospital drama, which comprises 400 episodes.

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Ellen Pompeo, who starred as Meredith Gray on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” for nearly two decades, will have a reduced role in the show’s next season, according to reports.

Pompeo will continue to narrate the hit drama, but will only appear in eight episodes of the upcoming 19th season, Deadline reported.

She was the central figure in the entire hospital drama, which comprises 400 episodes.

The decision to cut Pompeo’s role on the show is so Pompeo can play another role — an untitled Hulu limited series, Variety reported.

“In the untitled show, a Midwestern couple adopts what they believe to be an 8-year-old girl with a rare form of dwarfism. But as they begin to raise her alongside their three biological children , they’re slowly starting to believe that maybe she’s not who she says she is,” Variety said of the upcoming series. “As they question her story, they’re faced with their own tough questions about how long they’re willing to go to defend themselves, falling in a battle that plays out in the tabloids, the courtroom and, ultimately, their marriage.”

It’s unclear if Season 19 will be Pompeo’s final season on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” said in 2017 that the show wouldn’t continue without Pompeo.

“Ellen and I have a pact that I’ll do the show as long as she does the show,” Rhimes told E! New. “So the show will exist as long as we both want to do it. If she wants to stop, we stop. So I don’t know if we’ll see 600, but I want it to stay fresh. As long as there are new stories to tell and as long as we’re both excited about the stories being told, we’re in. So we’ll see where it takes us.

This story was originally published August 3, 2022 10 a.m.

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