Ellen Pompeo on becoming the highest paid actress on television

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Ellen Pompeo as Meredith in Grey's Anatomy ABC

In addition to growing her resume, Pompeo stands to rake in $575,000 per episode, which comes to $20 million a year, making her the highest-paid actress on a primetime TV drama.

"Grey's Anatomy" is now in its 14th season and is the number one show on ABC within the 18-49 demographic.

Under the deal, Pompeo will become a producer on "Grey's Anatomy" as well as a co-executive producer on the yet untitled firefighter spinoff set to debut in the spring on March 22.

"I'm 48 now, so I've finally gotten to the place where I'm OK asking for what I deserve".

Ellen Pompeo plays the lead character Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy.

But by far one of the most surprising revelations the actress and mom of three made was about her initial reaction to the show's instant success. Although Pompeo fought for equal pay, she ultimately lost the battle - at least until Dempsey's departure in Season 11.

Twitter users praised the interview for its frankness, which is rarely seen in Hollywood. The highest-paid actress in television overall is The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco who earns $900,000 (£649,000) alongside co-stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kuna Nayyar and Simon Helberg.

"They could always use [Patrick Dempsey] as leverage against me - "We don't need you; we have Patrick" - which they did for years, ' she explained of her male co-star, referring to his exit from the show as a 'defining moment". I assume tomorrow everyone's going to hate us.

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"In Shonda finding her power and becoming more comfortable with her power, she has empowered me". In 2015, she played herself in one episode of "Repeat After Me" and she also provided the voice of Willow in an episode of 'Doc McStuffins in 2017. "The artists are chasing Grammys and Lamborghinis, so they think, 'Oh yeah, I'm rich.' Meanwhile, Sony just made...$500 million, and they gave you $3 million and you think you're doing awesome".

"I'm sure I felt what a lot of these other actresses feel: Why should I walk away from a great part because of a guy?" "I was like, "I'm not going to be stuck on a medical show for five years, '" she remembers telling him".

Pompeo also shared that she was stunned about the producers' hurry to replace Derek's character in the show.

She added, "I think she is terrified for her, and she is wondering if his fiancée's experience is her experience".

"I was like, 'Are you people f**king nuts?"

"As women, we're like, 'Oh, can I ask for that?"

"She loves to sit in the director's chair with the headphones on yelling "Action" and 'Cut, ' " Pompeo said of her daughter. "And I know for a fact that when men go into these negotiations, they go in hard and ask for the world". "Now I hope that changes. and soon".

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