Ellen Pompeo, star of “Grey’s Anatomy,” said on her podcast on Wednesday that her successful ABC series has too much s***al content for her 12-year-old daughter, Stella Ivery, to watch – despite her friends watching it.
On her “Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo” podcast, the actress discussed the show’s risqué tone while speaking with bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell about his new book “Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon.”
She explained, “Even though network TV, there was a lot of stuff happening. It was [a] pretty racy network show for the time.”
Ellen Pompeo said she plans to watch the long-running medical drama with her daughter one day, but she is “terrified” for that day to arrive.
Gladwell asked Pompeo if she believes she may have misremembered how much explicit content was in the storylines, saying, “You could have distorted it in your mind.”
Pompeo assured Gladwell that she recalls some of the show’s plots vividly.
“Listen, there’s one scene, for sure, where a character — not me — had s** with a ghost. Had oral s** with a ghost,” she said.
“Grey’s” fans will recognise Pompeo’s reference to the season five storyline in which surgical oncologist Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) hallucinated her ex-fiancé Denny and had s** with him in her mind. The visions were caused by a cancerous tumour.
“I’m pretty sure I just don’t feel like having that conversation with my 12-year-old, you know?” Pompeo chuckled.
Ellen Pompeo claimed her daughter is satisfied to wait for her permission to visit the fictional Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital, where “Grey’s Anatomy” is set, because all she wants to do is watch the show with her mother.
Season 17 of “Grey’s Anatomy” focused on the global pandemic and featured the return of original characters, including Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, in a dreamlike episode while Meredith battled the coronavirus’s effects. “Grey’s Anatomy” premiered season 18 in September, which is set in a post-pandemic environment. Season 18 has already brought back some famous characters, including Scott Speedman, who plays Meredith’s love interest, Nick, as well as Kate Burton as Ellis Grey and Kate Walsh as Dr. Addition Montgomery. Now, in the midst of Season 18, Pompeo discusses her time on the show.
Ellen Pompeo admits to making a mistake when pitching a storyline for “Grey’s Anatomy” on her podcast “Tell Me” and blames it on working on the show for too long. The actress revealed to Malcolm Gladwell that she submitted a season 18 idea to the “Grey’s Anatomy” writing team that features Meredith wandering through the woods with a partner. However, it was brought to Pompeo’s attention that the scene between Meredith and Derek had actually occurred in a previous season.
On Wednesdays, new episodes of “Tell Me With Ellen Pompeo” are available to watch online.