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Ellen Pompeo Talks Pay Equality and Dempsey’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit

For Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey’s exit from “Grey’s Anatomy” was a turning point. The move, which happened in season 11, was a “defining moment, deal-wise,” Pompeo said in The Hollywood Reporter.

“They could always use him as leverage against me –‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’–which they did for years. I don’t know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that,” Pompeo told The Hollywood Reporter.

“At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me.”

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