Grey's Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo Extends Contract for HOW Long?!

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Grey's Anatomy is not coming to a close anytime soon on ABC. 

According to Deadline, series star, Ellen Pompeo has extended her contract with ABC studios for two more years, meaning she will stick around for Grey's Anatomy Season 15 and 16 if they are ordered at the network. 

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It's hard to imagine the network parting ways with the veteran medical drama. Grey's Anatomy Season 14 is currently averaging 7.9 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. 

That means the show is ABC's highest-rated series in the advertiser-craved demographic. Given that ABC is set to launch a firefighter spinoff of the series, it means the network still wants to keep the brand alive. 

The new pact means that Pompeo will be a producer effective from midway through the current season. Also, she has been added as a co-executive producer of the spinoff. 

Meredith's Growth - Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 7

The deal is said to earn the star upwards of $550,000 per episode, which will very likely make Pompeo the highest actress in television. 

“The show’s hugely successful for Disney, for ABC, so everybody’s incentivized to keep it going,” Pompeo said about the decision to stay put with the resilient medical drama.

Pompeo also cites Krista Vernoff, who rejoined the series as new showrunner this season as being part of the reason for the show's return to form this season.

“I was really excited of having a whole completely new fresh voice to write the show,” Pompeo said. “The writing is a lot smarter, and I love what she’s doing. Everybody does actually, the actors are so happy, they’re so energized.”

Happy Mer - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 23

When asked whether it would be two seasons to end the show, Ellen said the following:

“I’ve been saying since season one, ‘We have two more years,' she dished. "This show, it’s taking on a life of its own, and who knows? We take it season by season really.”

Okay, Grey's Anatomy Fanatics! What do you think of this exciting news?

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Remember you can watch Grey's Anatomy online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up on the show that keeps going. 

Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday night from its midseason hiatus. 

Paul Dailly is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."

MEREDITH

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."