Ellen Pompeo slams rumors that her pay raise led to co-stars' exit

Posted on SEP 14, 2018

The 'Grey's Anatomy' star took to Twitter to deny that her $20 million raise led to Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew's exit.

Grey's Anatomystar Ellen Pompeo spoke out on Thursday's taping of TheEllen DeGeneres Show to set the record straight on swirling rumors that her own $20 million raise had something to do with the exit of co-stars Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.

"It's absolutely not true," said Pompeo. "I mean, I'm not involved in these kinds of decisions. However, there's a few problems that you encounter doing a show for 14 seasons. One of them is the writers have a really hard time creatively thinking up new stories for all these characters. I think we have 16 regular cast members, and it's always sad when we lose people whether they want to go or they don't want to go. It doesn't make it any easier."
The conversation was sparked earlier this year when the 48-year-old actress revealed that she had advocated for a higher salary for herself after discovering that her male co-star lead was making more than her--on a show that bears her character's name in the title.

"I think there are certain moments where it's important to be really truthful about our pain and about our struggles," said Pompeo,"I think that sometimes you have to go through painful things to just be an example."

But Pompeo made it clear she was not happy that her fight for equal pay has led to these rumors.

"I think that it's important for us to not pit women against each other and to really dispel the notion that women are always victims," she said. "You don't have to pit us against each other. We're not enemies. We do lift each other up and support each other, and we're not victims. We're very strong and we're capable of many, many things."

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