Why Ellen Pompeo Left 'Grey's Anatomy'?

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After 19 years playing one of television's most beloved characters, Ellen Pompeo decided it was time to close the chapter on her tenure on Grey's Anatomy.

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Fans said an emotional goodbye as Pompeo's character, Meredith Grey, bid farewell on the winter premiere in her last episode as a series regular. Pompeo opened up about the decision to leave.

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Pompeo has indicated that while she is no longer a series regular, she will still be involved in the show as an executive producer...

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She is also expected to appear at least one more time in the current 19th season, and the door is still open for her beloved character Meredith Grey to make a return in the future.

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In December, Pompeo addressed her decision to depart Grey's Anatomy after 19 seasons on The Drew Barrymore Show, where she explained why she chose to leave the long-running ABC medical drama.

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"I feel super happy, but listen, the show has been incredible to me and I’ve loved a lot of the experience," the actress explained.

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Pompeo also added, "I gotta do something new or I’m literally gonna turn into like, you can’t do the New York Times crossword puzzle every single day. I mean, 19 years, that’s more than people keep their kids in their house, like people keep their kids in their house until they’re 18 and then they send them off to college. So this is like me like going away to college."'

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