Grey's Anatomy: Read Shonda Rhimes' 'Spectacular' Email to Ellen Pompeo

No, WikiLeaks didn’t hack into Shonda Rhimes‘ email account. Our rare glimpse into the Grey’s Anatomy creator’s private digital space comes courtesy of Ellen Pompeo.

On Thursday, Pompeo shared an email she received from Rhimes, in which the Grey’s boss lauded the actress — as well as co-stars Kevin McKidd, Jerrika Hinton and James Pickens Jr. — for their work in Thursday’s artsy outing. (We’re guessing the fifth recipient of the email was exec producer Debbie Allen, who helmed the “bottle episode” in question.)

“Just a note to let you all know how beautiful I think tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy is,” Rhimes gushed. “The performances you all gave, the work you clearly put in, the choices, the direction, everything — it’s spectacular. Truly truly.”

The change-of-pace episode revolved around a single surgery performed by Pompeo’s Meredith, Pickens’ Richard, McKidd’s Owen and Hinton’s Stephanie and was punctuated by a series of flashbacks.

Check out Rhimes’ full email below:



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  1. DS says:

    Loved last night’s episode. Well Done!!!!

  2. Jamie says:

    It’s so sad how much hate Shonda Rhimes gets because of how she decides to write her own fictional creation, but then no one pays attention when she is doing something sweet like this.

    • Lorna says:

      I don’t agree with all of her choices, but this was very classy. She is a talented and intelligent woman.

    • jj. says:

      one thing i’ve always admired about shonda is how she doesn’t give in to writing characters the way fans want. So many shows fall into the trap and end up writing themselves into a box, meanwhile shonda has able to create episodes that still evoke a passionate response from the fanbase years after they have originally aired

  3. Leigh says:

    This is so sweet! Always great to be appreciated!
    Last night’s Grey’s episode was so amazing and original. Ellen knocked it out of the park.