WTF?! Ellen Pompeo Earns An Effing Crazy Amount Of Money For Each Grey’s Anatomy Episode

Prepare to feel very, VERY unsatisfied with your monthly paycheck.

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There’s no better feeling than when you finally clinch that pay rise you’ve been in the running for. Finally, you can splash out on that extra round of G&Ts, or that ‘not a need but a WANT WANT WANT’ festival playsuit you’ve been eyeing up in Topshop.

In Ellen Pompeo’s case though, a pay rise meant she could probably afford to bankroll a small African country.

The actress just recently updated her contract before signing on for the 13th season of Grey’s Anatomy, and Deadline reports that she’s now earning “well north of $300,000 an episode.”

Yup, that’s roughly €268,000 per hour-long episode, of which there are 25 per season, meaning Ellen will walk away with a massive €6.7m at the end of Season 13.

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Ellen has been playing Meredith Grey since the show first began back in 2005, and with her co-star Patrick Dempsey leaving the show in controversial circumstances last year, it stands to reason that the mum-of-two can command a pretty crazy salary.

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Patrick was ordered chose to leave Grey’s after it was discovered that he was cheating on his wife of 15 years Jillian Fink with a crew member. The actor and his wife have since reportedly reunited, but given that his character met a fairly dramatic end, he definitely won’t be returning to the show.

Of course, Ellen Pompeo isn’t the first TV actor to command such a high salary. In fact, her take-home seems pretty conservative next to some of her other industry counterparts.

By the final two seasons of Friends in 2003 and 2004, the cast members were each earning a massive $1m per episode. Matt Le Blanc has since justified the casts’ crazy paychecks by saying that they were “in a position to get” that much money, and therefore felt that they should.

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Back in 2014, the Big Bang Theory principal cast negotiated a three-season contract which now sees them earning a similar $1m per episode, making them the highest-paid TV actors of this decade so far.

That’s roughly $40,000 a minute (€35,000), btw. Right, we’re off to cry in the corner as we stare at last month’s paycheck…


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