The show is currently in its 14th season, and even though it hasn't officially been renewed for any more, Ellen's new two-year contract proves the series may be around for quite some more time.
On top of just being the face of Grey's, Ellen's new agreement has also made her a producer starting midway this season, as well as a co-executive producer on the upcoming spin-off, which has not yet been titled.
And Ellen doesn't come cheap! According to Deadline, she's set to ring in $550,000 per episode, which would make her the highest paid actress in television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she will make $575,000 to go with her hefty signing bonus. Impressive!
Ellen is really enjoying her new producing and directing roles as well. She even hinted that this could be her last big acting role. “Producing and directing is where I’m challenged and where I’m learning,” she told Deadline. “Acting, I don’t know. If the right role comes along, and it’s interesting, then never say never, but I do have three kids. I don’t necessarily want to travel around. I wouldn’t say it’s my burning desire to go act in something else.”'
But after 14 seasons and 12 years with Grey's, she simply can't deny that the show means a lot to her. "[Grey's] is something that’s been much bigger than a TV show for so many reasons,” Ellen gushed. “So I’m extremely proud of the show and everyone that has worked on it in the past, everybody who’s here now. It’s the beginning of a movement, and it’s so special to me for so many reasons.”
And just because Ellen signed on for two more seasons of Grey's doesn't mean the show will end in two years either. “I’ve been saying since season one, ‘We have two more years,'” she told Deadline. “This show, it’s taking on a life of its own, and who knows? We take it season by season really.” We're here for it!
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