Debbie Allen Says ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 Was ‘Supposed’ To Be the Last

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Debbie Allen as Catherine Fox, and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick on

Every yr, Grey’s Anatomy followers marvel when the Shondaland sequence will come to an finish. The ABC medical drama has been on air since 2005. So given its lengthy 15-year run, it wouldn’t be an excessive amount of of a shock if the community referred to as it quits. Then just lately, Debbie Allen (Catherine Fox) revealed Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 was meant to be the final. But now, it appears the manager producer, director, and actor believes the present has extra tales to inform.

Debbie Allen discusses the top of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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In November 2020, Allen spoke with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy present. The Fame star was requested how for much longer she thinks Grey’s Anatomy will final. And whereas she beforehand thought the present would finish this yr, Allen hinted the Shondaland sequence might proceed on.

“This show is so good,” Allen stated, noting Grey’s Anatomy just lately received the People’s Choice Award for Best Show and Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) received Best Actress. “This show is better this year than ever. And this was supposed to be our last year. But… I’m not sure. I think it could keep going.”

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Of course, the forwards and backwards might not come as a lot of a shock. When talking with Access in November, Giacomo Gianniotti (Andrew DeLuca) hinted Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 “feels like the last season.” That stated, the actor admitted he doesn’t know when the present will finish. He additionally shared the topic has come up quite a few occasions previously. But finally, the choice falls on Pompeo, creator Shonda Rhimes, and showrunner Krista Vernoff.

“I really don’t know,” Gianniotti stated concerning the finish of Grey’s Anatomy. “We’ve said it so many times, that this is gonna be the last season. And Ellen is like, ‘No, actually, we’ll do another one or two. So it really depends on Krista, Shonda Rhimes, and Ellen. … They’re all together on that.”

He later added, “I hope it goes on for more. But I think this is a really special season. And it if does end up ending on this season, I think it’ll be very satisfying for the fans.”

Ellen Pompeo teases the final season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Debbie Allen as Catherine Fox, and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Debbie Allen as Catherine Fox, and Greg Germann as Tom Koracick on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Eric McCandless by way of Getty Images

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Back in January 2020, Deadline spoke with ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke about the way forward for Grey’s Anatomy, and it seems the community desires the present to final past season 17. But even so, Burke confirmed the choice is as much as Pompeo.

“I hope not,” Burke stated when requested whether or not the present would finish after the present season. “Grey’s Anatomy will reside so long as Ellen is enthusiastic about enjoying Meredith Grey.”

Then in November 2020, Pompeo spoke with Variety and reminded followers her contract ends after Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. So she isn’t contractually obligated to return. 

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“We don’t know when the show is really ending yet,” Pompeo stated. “But the truth is, this year could be it. … I mean, this is the last year of my contract right now. I don’t know that this is the last year? But it very well could be.”

Whenever Grey’s Anatomy involves an finish with its final season, it’s definitely been a rare trip. But for now, viewers can sit again and luxuriate in season 17, which Pompeo calls the “best” but.

“I’m really, really, really excited about this season,” Pompeo advised Variety. “It’s probably going to be one of our best seasons ever. And I know that sounds nuts to say. But it’s really true.”

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