‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Won’t Continue Without Star Ellen Pompeo
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Won’t Continue Without Star Ellen Pompeo

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At this point, Grey’s Anatomy is synonymous with Ellen Pompeo.

The actress has been a part of the long-running ABC drama since the very beginning — she’s the show’s namesake after all! — but would it continue if she were to leave?

Or worse, get killed off?

Well, according to creator Shonda Rhimes, the show will not exist if the mother of three decides to walk away.

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"Ellen and I have a pact that I'm going to do the show as long as she's going to do the show," she told E! News.

"So the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we're stopping.”

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Ellen — please don’t stop anytime soon!

“So I don't know if we'll see 600 [episodes], but I want to keep it feeling fresh,” Shonda continued.

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“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."

Ellen’s castmate Sarah Drew, who plays April Kepner, also believes the show will not exist without its star.

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"Oh, we can't do the show without Ellen. It's not Grey's Anatomy."

Meanwhile, as the show is set to air its 300th episode on Thursday, November 9, rumors are swirling it’s going to bring back some of its most beloved characters — AKA Izzie Stevens, George O’Malley, and Cristina Yang.

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As most Grey’s fans know — SPOILER ALERT! — George died, Cristina moved to Switzerland, and Izzie is who knows where, so how will they bring them all back?

"Episode 300 is going down kind of like memory lane,” star James Pickens Jr. told E! News.

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“We'll see some actors who come into the hospital after a horrific accident who remind us of Izzie and George and Cristina Yang. And it's so cool how they do it.”

He continued, “And they found three remarkable actors...When I came and I saw them, I said, 'Wow,' because they were such integral parts of the success of the show and such amazing talents in their own rights, so we miss them very much.

“So it will be nice for the audience to say, 'Oh wow, there they are.'"

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Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.