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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo pens goodbye note to fans after 19 seasons: ‘Eternally grateful’

ellen pompeo said Thursday that she is “eternally grateful and humbled” by the “love and support” of “Grey’s Anatomy” fans as she prepares to exit the show after 19 seasons.

Pompeo is one of only three original cast members remaining drama series About the work and lives of doctors in a Seattle hospital, which premiered in 2005. Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. are the other two.

,I am forever grateful and humbled by the love and support you all have shown me for Meredith Gray and the show’s 19 seasons!” Pompeo posted on Instagram alongside a photo of herself dressed casually in front of a neon sign, which reads: It reads, “All you need is love.”

She continued, “Through it all… none of this… would have been possible without the best fans in the world. You are all riders and you all have made riding so fun and iconic!! “

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Ellen Pompeo said in a note "grey's anatomy" fans that he is "eternally grateful" for them "love and support."

Ellen Pompeo said in a note for “Grey’s Anatomy” fans that she is “eternally grateful” for their “love and support.”
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She assured fans that she won’t be a stranger at Gray Sloan Memorial.

“I love you madly and appreciate you immediately,” she said. “It’s not my first time on the rollercoaster… You know the show must go on and I will definitely be back to take the ride. With lots of love and immense gratitude XoE.”

Pompeo’s last episode will air in February. His note arrived a week after the show’s fall finale.

Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) will be leaving when the show returns in February.

Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) will be leaving when the show returns in February.
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almost two decades through on the show, Pompeo’s character has been through her share of ups and downs, including going from an intern at the hospital to Chief of General Surgery and marrying fellow doctor Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), only to be killed in a car accident in the 11th season. He died in

The actress also thanked “Queen” Shonda Rhimes after the show’s producers posted her own note on Pompeo’s exit.

Ellen Pompeo is one of only three original cast members still on the show.

Ellen Pompeo is one of only three original cast members still on the show.
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“What a wild ride these past 19 seasons have been,” Rhimes, who left the show in 2017, wrote on her Instagram. “None of this could have been possible without the incomparable @ellenpompeo, the one and only Meredith Grey. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later! Can’t wait to see what Ellen, Meredith and Gray Sloan have in store for them.” Monument. #greysanotomy.

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Pompeo’s final official episode will air on February 23.