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It's no secret that Grey's Anatomy has had some serious behind-the-scenes drama spill out into public view. From actors openly insulting the quality of writing to people being fired for using slurs to reports of jealousy over certain stars being elevated over others, ABC's hit medical drama has been at the center of a lot of juicy real-life news bites.
Now, Ellen Pompeo is opening up about what the environment on the set of Grey's was really like before she and creator Shonda Rhimes decided to make some major changes to their workplace.
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In a conversation with Empire star Taraji P. Henson for Variety, Pompeo described toxicity on set during production of the first 10 seasons of Grey's Anatomy. "The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment," she said.
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Pompeo added that once she started having kids, she felt the need to stay on board to provide for her family, so in recent years she decided to help usher in some important shifts to the culture on set.
"After Season 10, we had some big shifts in front of the camera, behind the camera. It became my goal to have an experience there that I could be happy and proud about, because we had so much turmoil for 10 years," she said. "My mission became, this can't be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes....
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