Ellen Pompeo says ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans thinking the end is near are ‘not far off’

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Ellen Pompeo may be hanging up her scrubs shortly.

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As the unstoppable reign of "Grey's Anatomy" continues, Pompeo spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the expected ending to the show.

After 18 seasons, Pompeo talked about fan theories that the medical drama will be ending, and she said, "They're not far off."

"I mean, I've been trying to get away for years. I have been trying. It's not because I haven't been trying," Pompeo said. "I have strong relationships at the network and they have been very, very good to me, and have incentivized me to stay."

Pompeo said that "creatively, as long as there's something to do," she is happy to stay on "Grey's."

"Miraculously, we keep coming up with ways to have a reason to stay and if there's a reason, that warrants it," the actress added.

In May, the hit ABC series, which was already the longest-running medical drama in primetime television, was renewed for an 18th season.

The show's spin-off, "Station 19," was also picked up for a 5th season. Krista Vernoff, who serves as the showrunner and executive producer for both shows, will continue her work in both roles.

"The writers, directors, casts and crews of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Station 19' worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season," Vernoff said in a statement. "Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege."

"I've been truly blown away -- particularly by our tireless crews -- as they reinvented the TV-making wheel," she added. "We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

Notable "Grey's Anatomy" alums include Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens Jr.

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