Ellen Pompeo used her time on to to deny "absolutely" the rumours that two of her 'Grey's Anatomy' co-stars were forced out of the show due to her salary demands.
Speaking on Ellen, Pompeo, who made waves by revealing her salary in a Hollywood Reporter article celebrating her status as the highest paid actress in a TV drama, defended herself and the show's decision to axe Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.
"It’s absolutely not true," said Pompeo. "I mean, I’m not involved in these kinds of decisions. However, there’s a few problems that you encounter doing a show for 14 seasons. One of them is the writers have a really hard time creatively thinking up new stories for all these characters. I think we have 16 regular cast members, and it’s always sad when we lose people — whether they want to go or they don’t want to go. It doesn’t make it any easier."
When asked why she chose to share her story and make her salary public, she said: "I think there are certain moments where it’s important to be really truthful about our pain and about our struggles. I think that sometimes you have to go through painful things to just be an example."
"I think that it’s important for us to not pit women against each other, and to really dispel the notion that women are always victims. You don’t have to pit us against each other, we’re not enemies, we do lift each other up and support one each other, and we’re not victims. We’re very strong, and we’re capable of many, many things."
You can watch the interview in full below.