Ellen Pompeo has been making headlines for her recent salary renegotiation, which propelled her to TV’s highest-paid actress in a new “Grey’s Anatomy” deal paying her a whopping $575,000 per episode.
And while Pompeo has been vocal about fighting for the increase, she’s not happy with a Deadline article published on Thursday about the sudden departure of “Grey’s” stars Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew.
Although sources had indicated that the actresses’ characters are being written out of the show strictly for creative reasons, the Deadline article notes that the pair’s exits from the show “comes on the heels” of Pompeo’s hefty new deal.
Pompeo, 48, let her displeasure be known with a pair of tweets in which she takes Deadline to task for choosing “to try to pit women against each other on #InternationalWomensDay,” adding the hashtag #shameonyounotme.
She also urged fans not to “fall into that trap,” adding that the departures of Capshaw and Drew are “above my pay grade.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Krista Vernoff likewise used social media to back up her star, tweeting, “The suggestion in the Deadline article that our cast changes are in any way related to Ellen Pompeo’s salary renegotiation is wrong and hurtful and misguided. It smacks of an old, broken, patriarchal notion that women must be pitted against each other and that one woman’s success will be costly to others.”
Vernoff also maintained that the “decision to make changes to our cast was a creative one,” adding: “We love these actresses and we love these characters and if felt true and right creatively to wrap up their stories. And that is the whole story.”