This Is When ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Will End

If you’re a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy, you likely anticipate watching new episodes each week. However, there will eventually come a time when you won’t be able to see your favorite doctors on TV. Is that time coming soon? Here’s what we know about when ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy will end.

How Ellen Pompeo feels about working on Grey’s Anatomy

Ellen Pompeo|Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images
Ellen Pompeo|Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

Grey’s Anatomy lead character Ellen Pompeo said she feels grateful to have a steady job in television. She’s also satisfied with the nice paycheck that comes along with playing Dr. Meredith Grey. The TV star earns more than $20 million a year. “It’s [a] pretty nice place to work,” said Pompeo during her interview with TV Line.

Will Grey’s Anatomy Ever End?

Ellen Pompeo on 'Grey's Anatomy|Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images
Ellen Pompeo on ‘Grey’s Anatomy|Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

The future of Grey’s Anatomy depends on whether Pompeo decides to continue her contract. If she makes the decision not to return after her contract expires in 2020, this will be the end of the show. Grey’s Anatomy is named after her character and is primarily based on her life as a doctor, so her absence would mean there would be no more episodes. Right now, it’s not clear what Pompeo’s decision will be. “I’m contracted through Season 16,” she told TV Line. “And beyond that… I don’t really know. I take it day-by-day.”

Shonda Rhimes| Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
Shonda Rhimes| Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Grey’s Anatomy creator, Shonda Rhimes, confirmed the show will end when Pompeo decides it’s time to call it quits. In a 2017 interview with E! News, Rhimes said she’s ready to shut down the show if Pompeo ever feels like she’s done playing the role of Meredith Grey.

Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show. So, the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we’re stopping. So, I don’t know if we’ll see 600 [episodes], but I want to keep it feeling fresh. As long as there are fresh stories to tell and as long as we’re both excited about the stories being told, we’re in. So, we’ll see where that takes us.

How Grey’s Anatomy made history

Grey’s Anatomy has been on television so long that it recently made history. On February 28, 2019, Grey’s Anatomy aired its 332nd episode, making it the longest-running medical drama in history. Before that, the television series E.R. held the record for almost 10 years. On April 2, 2009, E.R. aired its 331st and final episode, titled “And in The End…”

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The history-making Grey’s Anatomy episode, which was titled “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” focused on Dr. Jackson Avery (played by actor Jesse Williams) and the party he threw to celebrate his mother’s successful surgery. His mother is played by actress and choreographer Debbie Allen. The episode was directed by actress Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey.

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