As ‘Grey’s’ exit looms, Ellen Pompeo promises to ‘be back’

After completing her duties as surgeon Dr. Meredith Gray on Grey’s Anatomy, longtime star Ellen Pompeo said she hasn’t completely severed ties with the ABC hit series.

In an Instagram post Thursday, Pompeo reflected on her time with Grey’s Anatomy, which was co-created by Shonda Rhimes. In her post, she commended her fans for their support during her tenure, saying they made her 19-season run “so fun and ICONIC!”

“This isn’t the first time you’ve been on the roller coaster… You know the show has to go on and I’ll definitely be visiting again,” she added.

Pompeo’s final episode as a full-time cast member of Grey’s Anatomy will air on February 23 when season 19 returns in the winter. Last Thursday, ABC released a clip teasing Meredith’s departure.

“Meredith is leaving Seattle to start fresh,” the teaser reads.

In the final episode, which aired on November 10, Meredith announced that she was leaving Seattle and traveling to Boston, where she would continue Alzheimer’s research.

The Times previously confirmed that Pompeo will remain an executive producer on the series and continue to provide voiceovers for this season’s episodes. Whether Meredith will visit her beloved colleagues at Gray Sloan Memorial – a la Addison Montgomery by Kate Walsh – has yet to be announced.

The actress’ final episode will come more than 17 years after her Grey’s Anatomy debut in 2005. Pompeo’s bow as a full-time cast member also comes after the series most recently said goodbye to Giacomo Gianniotti, Jesse Williams and Richard Flood.

Pompeo may shy away from the Grey’s Anatomy spotlight, but her fans can eventually follow her to Hulu, Deadline reported. The Golden Globe-nominated actress will star in an untitled series that centers on the true story of Ukrainian-born orphan Natalia Grace and the couple who adopts her.

Pompeo will star alongside Imogen Reid and serve as executive producer.

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