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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo hints she may show after Season 16

The long-time “Greys” star suggests that they leave the series after the 16th season.

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“Grey’s Anatomy” on its last legs?

Coming from the season 15 premiere, Ellen Pompeo strongly hinted that they are ready to hang up her scrubs for good following the end of the 16th season, that would be the end of the two year extension of his contract that they signed, making them the highest paid TV actress, earning more than $20 million per year. Although “Grey’s” has yet to be officially picked up for season 16, the 48-year-old actress is thinking about her post-Meredith Grey move.

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“I’m clearly not prepared now to make a formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I’m really feeling like we have said, the majority of the stories that we tell,” Pompeo told Entertainment Weekly. “It is time that I mix it up. I’m definitely looking for a change.”

Creator Shonda Rhimes admitted she is the author of several series finales for “Grey’s,” only to have the show continue on.

“I have written that the end of the show at least six times,” Rhimes told EW. “But we simply don’t. Each time, I thought, ‘This is how the show should end,” we have the history of those times, so I stopped trying.”

“I have no idea,” she confessed of the ultimate “Grey’s” swan song.

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Back in May, Pompeo told ET, that they began to ruminate about how to wrap up a show as iconic as “Grey’s.”

“Yes, we are starting to think about how you would mean the end of a show, this iconic,” she said at the time. “How do you end it? But we are not there yet. We are going to focus on season 15. We take one season at a time.”

“The show is a huge money maker, let’s be honest. It makes a fortune for everyone and everyone wants to keep it going,” Pompeo noted. “Now, it’s kind of fun. We are in a race with ourselves. How long we keep this going and still have this level of quality.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” returns with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.

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