Ellen Pompeo Almost Quit 'Grey's Anatomy' Because Of All The Toxic Behind-The-Scenes Drama

Grey's Anatomy was basically a hit from the get-go.

It just finished season 15, and it got renewed for two more seasons! That's a lot of screen time for Ellen Pompeo.

What would 'Grey's Anatomy' be without Meredith Grey?


Honestly, not very good. She really is the best there is at what she does.

Ellen Pompeo is just brilliant.

On the show, there's always tons of drama.


That's what makes it so good!

Sure, the surgeries are cool but we always want to know who is cheating on who.

It's also well known that behind-the-scenes the cast was also very dramatic.

Life truly imitated art, in this case.

And Ellen Pompeo was just NOT into it (but who would be?).

Recently, Ellen was on Variety's 'Actors on Actors' series.

YouTube | Variety

And she got super real about what happened with the cast.

It was a call out.

She admitted that she almost quit the show!


Imagine a world without Ellen Pompeo as Meredith!

Jeez, thank god that didn't happen.

She was not afraid to speak the truth!

YouTube | Variety

"I would say the first 10 years we had serious, serious culture issues. Very bad behavior. A really toxic work environment." she said.

And she only stayed on the show because she had a child.

YouTube | Variety

She explained, "I had someone other than myself to think about...I thought, 'Oh my goodness, at 40 years old, where am I ever gonna get this kind of money? And I need to take care of my kid, so I'm gonna stay.'"

She spilled the tea!

We're really glad that she stayed on, and hopefully, the cast has gotten better with the dram.a

You could watch the video for yourself below!