Sad ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Not Ready For Ellen Pompeo’s Exit

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey from Grey's Anatomy, ABC

Ellen Pompeo has played Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy since 2005. But all good things must come to an end eventually. At the end of Grey’s Season 19, fans will say goodbye to their favorite general surgeon. Meredith and her kids are moving to Boston, bringing their time in Seattle to an end.

Although Meredith will live on in fans’ hearts and minds, many viewers aren’t sure they will keep watching Grey’s Anatomy after Ellen Pompeo’s departure. The show has changed so much in 19 seasons and many feel that it’s hardly recognizable anymore.

Keep reading and see what fans are saying.

Grey’s Anatomy prepares to continue without its main character

Many shows never make it past the first few seasons. The fact that Grey’s Anatomy has been on the air for a whopping 19 seasons is a miracle. Year after year, it continues to draw in a large audience. However, lead actress Ellen Pompeo is packing her bags and preparing to move on from her iconic role as Meredith Grey.

Ellen Pompeo from Instagram
Ellen Pompeo/Instagram

“I am eternally grateful and humbled by the love and support you have all shown me, Meredith GREY and the show for 19 seasons! Through it all….none of it …would have been possible without the best fans in the world. You all are RIDERS and you all have made the ride so fun and ICONIC!!” the 53-year-old actress posted on Instagram a few months ago. “I love you madly and appreciate you right back. This isn’t your first time on the rollercoaster… you know the show must go on and I’ll definitely be back to visit. With a lot of love and immense gratitude XoE 🙏🏼❤️”

Grey’s Anatomy fans knew that Ellen Pompeo’s eventual departure was coming. But now that the time has finally arrived, they just aren’t ready to say goodbye. Season 19 returns from its holiday break this Thursday night and it’s finally time for Meredith Grey to move on. Social media lit up this week with fans expressing their gratitude for the character and wishing the actress the best.

In previous interviews, Shonda Rhimes and Ellen Pompeo both seemed to hint that Grey’s Anatomy would end when Ellen decided she no longer wanted to be involved with the show. But it seems like the show may have at least a little more life in it.

Where can fans stream old episodes of the series?

Without a doubt, many Grey’s Anatomy fans are going to want to spend time binging old seasons. Luckily, the first 18 seasons are all available on Netflix in the United States. It’s the perfect opportunity for viewers to catch up and reminisce as they prepare to say goodbye to the iconic character Meredith Grey.

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey from Grey's Anatomy, ABC
Grey’s Anatomy/ABC

Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 airs new episodes on Thursday nights on ABC. Check back soon for more news and updates on the long-running medical drama.

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