'Grey's Anatomy' Star Ellen Pompeo Serves Expert Shade To Katherine Heigl
Who knew Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo could throw such expert shade via truth tea??
As the show celebrates it's 200th episode and 10th season, Pompeo reflected on co-stars Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington.
See what she had to say to the New York Post in her very candid interview:
“You know they wanted Isaiah Washington to be my boyfriend,” Pompeo says, calling from her home a few days later. “Shonda really wanted to put a black man in the mix. I didn’t think they were really going to put an interracial couple on the show and I didn’t want him. It was too close to home.”
Pompeo is married to Chris Ivery, an African-American music producer. “I said I wanted that Dempsey kid. I think that once Isaiah did not get the role it backfired,” she says. (Washington used a derogatory slur against homosexuals on the set and then dropped the same f-bomb backstage at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. His contract was not renewed for season 4.)
Heigl left the show much the same as she spent her years on the show, amid controversy. In 2008, the actress wanted her name taken out of Emmy consideration because the writing for her character didn’t merit a nomination.
Pompeo witnessed all of the shenanigans and for the first time is willing to talk about it.
“Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks started things spinning out of control,” she says. “The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work. Maybe it is my Boston, blue-collar upbringing. I just tried to not pay attention to all the noise around me.”
“When Katie left, it was tough,” she says. “You could understand why she wanted to go — when you’re offered $12 million a movie and you’re only 26. But Katie’s problem is that she should not have renewed her contract. She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show. And then her movie career did not take off.”
The show’s leads did not leave, though. Dempsey, who had made movies before joining “Grey’s,” says, “Of course I have thought about leaving. It’s always at the end of the season, when you are tired of having no control over your schedule,when you can’t see the forest for the trees, to know how fortunate you are.”
Pompeo has always known that she would go the distance. “Actors always think the grass is greener somewhere else. I didn’t want to do that,” she says. “I have an amazing life. I have a house five minutes from the studio, I have a house in the Hamptons, a house in Malibu, a beautiful daughter whom I see every night, and it’s all because I didn’t leave ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ ”
Waiting for Katherine Heigl's head to explode in 5..4..3...2...
What do you think of Ellen's Heigl assessment, Instincters? And what do you think of her basically vetoing Isaiah Washington as her leading man??