Watch Ellen Pompeo Break Into Tears Talking About a Young Actor Who Used ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to Come Out to His Parents

Ellen Pompeo used a recent visit to the Ellen show to announce that Grey’s Anatomy will be returning for a 16th season. She says she is moved by how much the show means to people around the world even a decade and a half after its premiere.

"Everywhere I go — whether it's Italy, whether it's France, London, Kansas — the people come up to me with tears in their eyes and tell me how meaningful the show is to them,” she said.

While on the couch with Ellen DeGeneres, Pompeo also got emotional when discussing a gay actor who used

"A teenager was in the show and he was gay, and he played a gay character," she said. "After we’d filmed the whole entire episode, he said to me, '‘My whole life, I’ve watched this show with my parents, and I sort of used the show as a way to tell my parents that I was gay — and to show my parents that it's OK, that I'm not different, there's nothing wrong with me. 'Grey's' really helped my parents to understand what having a gay son meant, and that it wasn't necessarily a bad thing.'"

Pompeo began to sob as she shared the next part, quoting the actor:

"'And for my parents to now see me as an actor getting a part on this show, has just been everything."'

Watch the emotional talk below.



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