- Ellen Pompeo said the work environment on Grey’s Anatomy was “toxic” for the first 10 years of the show.
- She was able to turn things around, though, and she even got to help “rewrite” the ending of things.
Update: June 10, 2019, 11:03 a.m.
Ellen Pompeo just responded to the reactions to her “toxic work environment comments” in a string of tweets.
“Hey! Anyone having feelings over Variety piece. It’s not worth getting yourself upset over not singling anyone out…as a show, we all had a part to play in the environment, me included…as many workplaces do….We changed that story. That’s the story we all have the power to change!” she started by saying.
“None of my comments in print are ever meant to shade anyone. That’s so not productive. My words about my journey are always meant to inspire and reflect. My shade is very obvious when I’m not subtle about it, you all should know that!!
“I’m aware how much love there is for this show and these characters…no one has more love than me…I’ve dedicated half my life to it. The show has been a blessing for us all in different ways. The negative vibes…not healthy…and ummmm a doctah.”
Grey’s Anatomy is still going strong after 15 whole years, but Ellen Pompeo just said the first 10 weren’t nearly as great behind the scenes as they looked on your TV.
“It’s funny. I never wanted off the bus in the year that I could get off,” she said. “The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment. But once I started having kids, it became no longer about me. I need to provide for my family.”
“After season 10, we had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera,” she continued.
She made it a main goal of hers to turn things around and make the experience enjoyable for everyone involved.
“It became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years,” she said. “My mission became, this can’t be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes.”
Part of what’s kept her around all these years is that alongside Shonda Rhimes, she was able to “rewrite the ending” of the show. When Patrick Dempsey left in season 11, she said the studio and network believed Grey’s couldn’t go on without him, but she wanted to prove them wrong.
Considering that happened all the way back in 2014 and the show was just renewed for both seasons 16 and 17, it’s safe to say she succeeded.