Ellen Pompeo Reveals The Feminist Motivation Behind Publicizing Her $20M ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Salary

Ellen Pompeo dropped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday to discuss the recent headlines she made by becoming television’s highest-paid actress when news broke of her $20 million-per-year salary.

While most celebrities like to play coy when it comes to how much money they earn, Pompeo went public by telling The Hollywood Reporter the exact figure she’d be taking in thanks to her recently negotiated deal to star in “Grey’s Anatomy” through until season 16.

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Speaking with Kimmel, Pompeo, 48, explained why she decided to go public.

“I’m grateful that it was received in the way in which I intended it to be, which was as an empowering story for women and to also be very honest about my faults and my shortcomings,” she explained in the interview (above). “Because I think that there’s a lot of blame, especially right now. People are blaming people. There’s a lot of finger pointing, but there’s less people owning up to their side of things. And I wanted to sort of do a truthful interview and talk about my road to my own empowerment and how I got there, but also mistakes I’ve made along the way.”

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She continued: “As women, you know, it’s not only about what’s done to us or what’s not given to us. It’s what don’t we ask for. You know, how much of it is [it] isn’t given to us, or is it that we don’t ask? I think that as much as we can point the finger at other people and [say], ‘You don’t give us or you don’t treat us fairly,’ We also have to point the finger at ourselves and say, ‘Did we ask? Did we step up and have the uh, gumption, to ask for what a man would?’ We have to own part of it. And sometimes we’re too shy; we’re too afraid to be seen as difficult to really speak our mind.”

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