Grey’s Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo defends Katherine Heigl for controversial statement

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Grey's Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo defends Katherine Heigl for controversial statement

Grey’s Anatomy, the longest-running medical drama of all time on television, premiered on the ABC broadcast network in 2005 and is currently airing with season 18, as it heads towards the end of this part of the story of the series that has hooked millions of viewers around the world.

As previously reported, the series starring Ellen Pompeo as surgeon Meredith Grey, the show’s main character, has been renewed for season 20 on ABC, which means that the drama will be telling more stories to the delight of fans.

During its long on-screen career, Grey’s Anatomy has occasionally been the center of controversy due to behind-the-scenes situations involving various cast members from the hit show. As many will remember, in 2009, shortly after her departure from the series, Katherine Heigl publicly denounced the long working hours to which they were subjected on the film set.

At the time, the actress who played Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy explained during an interview on The Late Show With David Letterman that it was cruel and petty that she and her Grey’s Anatomy co-stars were forced to work 17-hour days to film the episodes of the medical drama.

“I’m going to keep saying this because I hope it embarrasses you,” he then said of the production.

Following her statements, Katherine Heigl was criticized by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes as an immediate reaction to her complaint. The former Grey’s Anatomy star, she came out publicly last year while supporting an IATSE strike, saying that at the time she ‘got her ass kicked’ just for not keeping quiet.

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“Some of you may remember that over 10 years ago I spoke very clearly about the absurdity of the working hours crews and actors were forced into by production,” Heigl wrote on Instagram. “Even Diane Sawyer interviewed me and not very kindly informed me ‘nobody feels sorry for you.’ I got my ass kicked very publicly and for many years afterward for speaking out.”

“We are doing entertainment. We are not solving world hunger or curing cancer. We are telling stories. As production enters hour 14 and beyond they are asking our crews to go home tired.”

Importantly, Ellen Pompeo has never been heard speaking about statements made by Katherine Heigl in the past. Now, the Meredith Gray performer on Grey’s Anatomy recently broke her silence on the Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo podcast, defending her on-screen co-star. The star addressed criticism made in the past about long hours on the set of the ABC drama several years ago.

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“I remember Heigl saying something on a talk show about the crazy hours we were working. She was 100 percent right. If she had said that today, she would be a complete hero. But she [estaba] ahead of its time. She made a statement about our crazy hours, and of course, we’re going to hit a woman and call her ungrateful.”

“When the truth is that she’s 100 percent honest, and it’s absolutely correct what she said, and she was fucking brave to say it, and she was telling the truth, she wasn’t lying.”

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