“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo has confirmed that the show will return for season 13 as she signed a new deal with ABC.
Pompeo has portrayed the lead role in the medical drama since it premiered in 2005. Her representative confirmed that the actress has inked a deal to continue playing her role as Dr. Meredith Grey in the next season of ABC medical drama, E! News reported.
According to Deadline, Pompeo is earning over $300,000 per episode for “Grey’s Anatomy.” Last year, Forbes named her as the fourth highest-paid actress on TV after Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Kaley (The Big Bang Theory), and Julie Bowen (Modern Family).
The 46-year-old actress along with Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens Jr. are the only original cast members who have remained on the show after several others left, People Magazine noted.
Actress Sara Ramirez earlier announced her exit from the show right after the season 12 finale aired. Ramirez portrayed Dr. Callie Torres for 10 years. She wrote on Twitter: “I’m deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey’s Anatomy & ABC but for now I’m taking some welcome time off. Shonda’s been so incredible to work for and we will definitely continue our conversations! I send my Love to Ellen, the rest of the cast & crew, and I look forward to always being a part of the Shondaland family!”
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) May 20, 2016
Rodriguez is the latest from the original cast to exit the show. Sandra Oh (who portrayed Dr. Cristina Yang) left “Grey’s Anatomy” season 10, while Patrick Dempsey (who played Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd) was killed off in season 11. There have been rumors that season 12 will be the last outing for Shonda Rhimes’ drama series after ABC and the show creator received backlash following the tragic death of Dr. Shepherd.
“Grey’s Anatomy” season 12 finale aired on May 19. The show is expected to return for season 13 on ABC in September.