Ellen Pompeo Reveals 'Toxic' Environment On Set of Grey's Anatomy

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Grey’s Anatomy star - and honestly? Life spirit guide - Ellen Pompeo has lifted the lid on the "toxic" environment that plagued the show's set years.

The popular series, now in its 14th season, reportedly had "serious culture issues" for the first ten according to Ellen.

“The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behaviour, really toxic work environment,” she told Variety adding that there were moments she thought of leaving.

“It became no longer about me,” she said. “At 40 years old, where am I ever going to get this kind of money? I need to take care of my kids.

“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,” Pompeo added.

"Shonda Rhimes and I decided to rewrite the ending of this story. That’s what’s kept me.”

The show, headed up by creator Shonda Rhimes, has had controvresy in the past including Isaiah Washington's departure in 2007 following a homophobic slur and  Katherine Heigl withdrawing from the 2008 Emmy race because she didn’t feel like her storyline “warranted an Emmy nomination.”

After Katherine, who played Izzy, left, Shonda told The Hollywood Reporter she has a “no Heigls” rule on the set of her other series, Scandal.

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Written By Ally Parker