Chandra Wilson Says Ellen Pompeo’s Presence on Grey’s Anatomy Will ‘Ebb and Flow’ Despite Limited Role

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) James Pickens Jr., Kelly McCreary, Ellen Pompeo, Caterina Scorsone, Chandra Wilson, Camilla Luddington, and Jake Borell attend the 2022 People's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 06, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage)

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) James Pickens Jr., Kelly McCreary, Ellen Pompeo, Caterina Scorsone, Chandra Wilson, Camilla Luddington, and Jake Borell attend the 2022 People's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 06, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/WireImage)

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Chandra Wilson is opening up about Meredith Grey’s future on Grey’s Anatomy following Ellen Pompeo‘s decision to take a step back from the role.

The 53-year-old actress revealed during an interview with E! on the red carpet of the 2022 People’s Choice Awards that Pompeo’s character will continue to “ebb and flow” through season 19 of the ABC drama series.

“Meredith never knows what she’s doing so Meredith is taking care of the baby in Boston, that’s what the plans are, but you know things never go as planned on Grey’s Anatomy,” she shared to host Laverne Cox. “Meredith is still a part of every episode, still doing the voiceovers for every episode and she gets to come through, and ebb and flow all through the season.”

She added, “Meredith is always with us.”

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: 2022 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: Ellen Pompeo arrives to the 2022 People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on December 6, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. -- (Photo by Chris Polk/E! Entertainment/NBC via Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: 2022 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: Ellen Pompeo arrives to the 2022 People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on December 6, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. -- (Photo by Chris Polk/E! Entertainment/NBC via Getty Images)

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In a separate red carpet interview, Pompeo, 53, revealed that fans will still see Meredith on screen a few more times this season.

“I think I am really just in the finale this year,” she told Cox. “I think we’ve aired six episodes or seven episodes, possibly. Maybe after the winter hiatus, I am in one more, maybe, and then the finale, actually.”

She also thanked the fans for making “it all possible,” adding, “Power to the people!”

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial celebrate the holidays; Hamilton and Meredith prepare for a milestone on their project; Link wants to spend the holiday with Amelia and Scout as a family; Schmitt is faced with a difficult decision during surgery on an all-new episode of Greys Anatomy, THURSDAY, DEC. 16 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial celebrate the holidays; Hamilton and Meredith prepare for a milestone on their project; Link wants to spend the holiday with Amelia and Scout as a family; Schmitt is faced with a difficult decision during surgery on an all-new episode of Greys Anatomy, THURSDAY, DEC. 16 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on ABC.

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Last month, Pompeo shared a sweet goodbye message on Instagram following the Grey’s Anatomy‘s fall finale, which marked her final official episode of the season.

“I am eternally grateful and humbled by the love and support you have all shown me, Meredith GREY and the show for 19 seasons!” wrote Pompeo, 53. “Through it all….none of it …would have been possible without the best fans in the world. You all are RIDERS and you all have made the ride so fun and ICONIC!!”

She added, “I love you madly and appreciate you right back.”

Pompeo stepped back from the series this season to pursue outside projects, including Hulu’s adaptation of the 2009 film Orphan, which follows a terrifying adoption story in which a couple’s new daughter turns out to be a grown woman masquerading as a child.

Meredith’s storyline (so far) ended with her character’s decision to leave Seattle for Boston, where she accepted a position with the Catherine Fox Foundation to research Alzheimer’s disease. There have been far more dramatic, and tragic, exits on the series — and Meredith’s new job certainly leaves the door open to guest appearances.

Pompeo confirmed as much in the conclusion of her statement. “This isn’t your first time on the rollercoaster… you know the show must go on and I’ll definitely be back to visit,” she wrote. “With a lot of love and immense gratitude XoE 🙏🏼❤️”

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Grey’s Anatomy returns to ABC on Feb. 23.

The 2022 People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Kenan Thompson, are airing live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on NBC and E!.