Sure, it certainly pays to be a doctor, but how much does it pay to be in the medical field solely on-screen? Many fans of the long-running ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy are curious about just how much their favorite TV doctors take home per episode. And what about the stars’ net worths, specifically Ellen Pompeo? As you can imagine, she and the rest of the gang, including Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Capshaw and Katherine Heigl make bank.
Since joining Grey’s in 2005, Ellen has a good reason for why she’s remained on the medical drama for so long. “My decision to stay on was based solely on age. At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood,” she once told People. “I thought, ‘Why would I leave something that is super successful and pays me great to search the landscape?’ I decided that I would stay on Grey’s and be grateful and try to ride it out for as long as I could. And I am very happy that I made the decision to stay. It’s only gotten better with time.”
A lot has happened to Ellen since she first took on the role of Dr. Meredith Grey. In 2007, the Daredevil actress got married to her husband, Chris Ivery, and welcomed their first kid, daughter Stella, together in 2009. After that, they had two more kids, Eli and Sienna, in 2014 and 2016. But despite all of her life’s changes, Ellen never left Grey’s for a better job opportunity.
“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 gushed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “And for my parents to now see me as an actor getting a part on this show, has just been everything.”
Ellen, as well as Patrick, Jessica and Katherine, aren’t the only ones who have become familiar faces on the beloved series. Throughout the years, Grey’s fans have said hello and goodbye to plenty of big stars, including the latest actor to leave the show, Jesse Williams.
Jesse’s exit from Grey’s, which comes after 12 seasons, was announced in May 2021. After the news was revealed during an episode of Grey’s, the program’s executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff confirmed his exit to Deadline.
“Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist. Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on-screen and off has been a true gift,” the statement read. “Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery — played to perfection for so many years.”
To find out the individual net worths of all the current Grey’s stars, keep scrolling!
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