Ellen Pompeo Clarifies Her Comments About 'Grey's Anatomy's 'Toxic' Set

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Ellen Pompeo isn't taking back her comments regarding Grey's Anatomy's "toxic" work environment in the past, but she has chosen to explain them.

"As a show we all had a part to play in the environment me included..as many workplaces do," the actress tweeted Saturday after an article was published by Variety in which she spoke about working on the ABC drama.

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"The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behavior, really toxic work environment," Pompeo said in the article, going on to explain how she helped change that. "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. My mission became, this can't be fantastic to the public and a disaster behind the scenes. Shonda Rhimes and I decided to rewrite the ending of this story."

"We changed that story," Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy, continued in the first of a series of tweets. "That's the story we all have the power to change!" She then said that she didn't mean "to shade anyone," but rather "inspire and reflect."

When a fan told her it was "sad [she] had to 'explain' herself," Pompeo clarified she didn't have to. "I choose to...because I think people making themselves upset over assumptions is not good for them," she wrote. "Words matter and it's important to not make judgements about what you 'think' someone means."

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Grey's Anatomy recently finished airing its 15th season and has already been renewed for Seasons 16 and 17. Pompeo extended her contract, which kept her on the show through next season, another year.

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