“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!” the 49-year-old told TV Line in an interview published on Wednesday, January 16. “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.” We get you, Ellen, why leave a place when it has been nothing but good for you?!
“It’s [a] pretty nice place to work,” Ellen told the outlet. “I like my situation here. As much as the idea of something new appeals to me … the truth is I have three kids. I don’t really want to travel and leave [them]. I don’t want to be a circus traveler and live in hotels. And the network and studio continue to incentivize me and just make me offers that I can’t refuse.” The actress and her husband, Chris Ivery, are parents to Stella, 9, Sienna, 4, and Eli, 2.
It was back in September 2018 that Ellen most recently hinted she may be leaving the medical drama after 15 seasons. “I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell,” she told Entertainment Weekly at the time. “It’s about time that I mix it up. I’m definitely looking for a change.” Well, it seems things change in a flash. If you’re a fan of Ellen and Grey’s, you can expect even more from the show’s 15th year as, on January 7, the network announced that the current season will jump from 22 to 25 episodes.
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