In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pompeo acknowledged that the viewer backlash over Derek’s death has been “difficult for my ego.” She then suggested that fans are holding her to a different standard than TGIT counterparts, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis.
“It’s like, Annalise Keating carries the show, Olivia Pope carries the show… but somehow, Meredith Grey needs someone,” she lamented. “Why can’t I just be the lead of the show the way Annalise and Olivia can? Why can’t I be on that poster by myself?”
The comments represent Pompeo’s most candid remarks to date regarding Dempsey’s Grey’s Anatomy departure. Previously, the actress focused her public statements on Meredith’s post-McDreamy storyline. “I am honored and excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible,” Pompeo tweeted in late April following Dempsey’s final episode. “I hope you will all join me on her journey.”
What do you think of Pompeo’s remarks? Does she make a valid point with her Washington/Davis comparison? Or do you view Grey’s as more of an ensemble effort? Hit the comments!