Ellen Pompeo is coming to the defence of Katherine Heigl over some controversial comments her former “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star made during a 2009 talk show appearance.

On the latest episode of her podcast, “Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo”, she discussed what Heigl said on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, complaining about the ridiculously long hours she’d been putting in at “Grey’s”.

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“I’m gonna keep saying this ’cause I hope it embarrasses them,” Heigl said, referencing a 17-hour shooting day that she described as “cruel and mean.” (Heigl’s remarks come just after the one-minute mark.)

While Heigl took heat for her comments at the time, Pompeo said she was right on the money.

“I remember Heigl said something on a talk show about the insane hours we were working and she was 100 per cent right.”

“Had she said that today, she’d be a complete hero,” Pompeo added. “But she’s ahead of her time, made a statement about our crazy hours and, of course, let’s slam a woman and call her ungrateful.”

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“And she was f**king ballsy for saying it,” Pompeo added. “And she was telling the truth. She wasn’t lying.”