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Grey's Anatomy's Jason George to Producers: 'I've Got a Job Still, Right?'

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This week’s Grey’s Anatomy left viewers with the very real impression that Dr. Ben Warren will be of work for the next six months, but what does this mean for the man behind the scrubs, Jason George? The question crossed George’s mind when he first learned that the events of Thursday’s tragic, tense two-hour episode would lead to his character’s suspension.

Below, the actor addresses his and Ben’s currently employment status, while also teasing the “long slog” ahead for Ben and Bailey in the wake of her, you know, trying to end his career.

TVLINE | How do Ben and Bailey go back to being husband and wife after this?
That’s a really good question. [Laughs] I don’t know. Each of them feels some level of betrayal from the other. She’s my wife and she’s supposed to have my back no matter what. And, at the end of the day, she’s the one that voted to end my career — period. But from Bailey’s perspective it’s, “You’re a surgical resident and you think the rules don’t apply to you because you happened to be a doctor in a discipline before this.” They have to get trust back on a medical level. And then they have to get trust back in terms of the relationship. And then they have to set ground rules for how they continue to work in the same space. And none of that happens quickly, if it happens at all. It’s going to be a long slog for Ben and Bailey. The fun part is I love me some Chandra Wilson. She’s a fantastic actress and we get to go places we haven’t gone before as Ben and Bailey. These are two powerful personalities.

TVLINE | What happens to Ben during this six-month suspension? Do we just see him at home with Bailey now?
That’s what Ben is trying to figure out. A six-month suspension to a surgical resident is basically saying there’s no way you’re going to finish, and he tells her that. He’s fighting for his career. It’s like saying you’re going to miss two years of high school. If that happens you don’t graduate. You can say it’s a suspension, but what it really means is his career is done. So he’s trying to figure out what his life is without work. He’s never not had a direction or a goal… I think you can expect to see the “plastics posse” circle the wagons and commiserate about how to deal with the women in their lives. [Laughs]

TVLINE | It’s a medical show. You play a doctor who just got suspended for six months. When you read that in the script, does part of you go, “Um, should I look for another job?”
[Laughs] A little bit, but not really. I’ve been coming in and out of the show for five years now. And this is my first year as a series regular, so I didn’t think they would bring me on as a regular only to let me go at the end of the season. But I jokingly said to [exec producer] Stacy McKee, “I’ve got a job still, right?” And she laughed and said, “You’re not going anywhere. You’re not that lucky. You’ve got to stay here and go through the grind.” And that’s the fun part of Grey’s. The medical is important, but there also all of these other elements [to the show]. At the end of the day, the medical [stuff] is just a lens to look at all the relationships through. So the fact that Ben doesn’t have a lens to look at his life through is a new lens. That’s what I’m bringing to the show for the next little bit.

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