Ellen Pompeo almost quit 'Grey's Anatomy' over a "really toxic work environment" which lasted for a decade before things changed on set.
The 49-year-old actress has starred as Meredith Grey in the ABC medical drama since its conception in 2005, and has claimed the first decade of the show was riddled with "very bad behaviour" and "toxic" environments that made her want to walk away.
When asked if she'd ever considered leaving the show, she said: "There were many moments. It's funny: I never wanted off the bus in the year that I could get off. The first 10 years we had serious culture issues, very bad behaviour, really toxic work environment."
Ellen admits she decided to stay with the show because she wanted to make sure she could provide for her children - Sienna, nine, Stella, four, and Eli, two - whom she has with husband Chris Ivery.
She added: "But once I started having kids, it became no longer about me. I need to provide for my family. At 40 years old, where am I ever going to get this kind of money? I need to take care of my kids."