Reports today that the ongoing Ellen Pompeo-ABC annual budget fight has reached a new moment.
For Season 19 of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Pompeo will appear in a quarter of the episodes– 8, to be exact — and narrate the show off screen. She will still get her residual as an executive producer.
But Pompeo, who’s made annual contract negotiations her own World Series, is taking off to produce a show on Hulu described as inspired by the true story of a Midwestern couple who adopts what they believe is an 8-year-old girl with a rare form of dwarfism. Yes, you read that right. Go figure.
Will Pompeo be missed? Who knows? Who cares? “Grey’s” is headed to its ending with Season 20. So enjoy whoever’s left while you can.