Ellen Pompeo Addresses ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ BTS Drama

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While we've come to expect a great deal of drama during each and every Grey's Anatomy episode, it seems as though the intensity is just as high off-camera as well. Years back, Katherine Heigl got a bad rep in Hollywood for bashing the harsh working conditions on the show - but now Ellen Pompeo is coming to her defense! Here's the full scoop.

Prior to her exit from the show after five years as a main character, Katherine Heigl appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and put her production team on blast, calling their 17-hour workday "cruel and mean." And while at the time, she was labeled as ungrateful for saying a word, she's maintained her conviction over these years. "I very publicly and for many many years after got my *ss kicked for speaking up," she revealed in an Instagram post advocating for safe working conditions in the entertainment industry. "Today... I am in the fortunate position of being able to say no," Katherine continued. "And in all honesty... I've kind of aged out of giving a s*** if I p*** people off by creating boundaries." And it seemed as though social media agreed with her. Unlike back in the late 2000s, Heigl gained praise for her bravery - and that included from a former co-star.

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Ellen Pompeo, AKA the Grey in Grey's Anatomy used her Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo podcast to support her former co-worker. "I remember Heigl said something on a talk show about the insane hours we were working," Ellen said. "And she was 100% right." And with so many industry-changers, Pompeo realized Katherine was brave beyond measure at the time. "Had she said that today, she'd be a complete hero," she continued. "But she's ahead of her time... and, of course, let's slam a woman and call her ungrateful," Ellen explained, adding that she thought Katherine was "ballsy" and "telling the truth."

You can catch all of Ellen's tea on the BTS drama in her podcast's latest episode. And, of course, be sure to check back soon for more news concerning all things Hollywood.