Even though they know that last year’s sabotage will be nothing compared to this season’s, the alphabet network can’t really do anything about the actress because her contract is huge.
They would have to pay it and then find someone else and the whole thing would just be a mess.
Pleasant faces for the press though.
Grey’s Anatomy Renewed for Two More Seasons at ABC as Ellen Pompeo Extends Contract Until 2021
ABC has formally renewed Grey’s Anatomy for Season 16 and Season 17 —and, yes, Ellen Pompeo is sticking around for both.
TVLine has confirmed that Pompeo — whose blockbuster two-year, $20 million deal was set to expire in May 2020 at the end of Season 16 — has tacked another year onto her contract, clearing the way for the two-season pickup. It also has paved the way for the series to promote three recurring players to full-fledged series regulars (more on that here).
Earlier this year, Pompeo told TVLine that she had not decided if she would re-sign beyond a then-potential Season 16. “I’m contracted through Season 16,” she stated last January on the Grey’s set. “And beyond that… I don’t really know. I take it day-by-day.
“I keep saying, ‘I’m ready to move on and I want to stop the show before the ratings go down,’ but the ratings never go down!” she added. “They go down a little bit, but the fact that we are able to hold our [title as ABC’s No. 1 series] is kind of [incredible]. It’s very cool to have these kind of ratings and be on a hit network show in this [Peak TV] landscape.”- Source