TV star Ellen Pompeo has claimed 'Grey's Anatomy' fans will have a big influence over when the show ends.
The 48-year-old actress - who plays the part of Dr Meredith Grey on the hit TV show - previously suggested she may be ready to walk away from the medical drama at the end of the 16th season, but Ellen has now admitted that her own attitude and that of creator Shonda Rhimes can be swayed by fan opinion.
She confessed: "It's something Shonda and I will decide together. I've been doing it a long time and I do get restless, but the fans are just still so passionate about the show."
Asked how they'll know for sure that it's time to quit 'Grey's Anatomy', Ellen confessed: "I think the fans will let us know. When the numbers start to drop and people aren't watching the same, people aren't as passionate about it ... it's time to call it."
Ellen has starred in the same role since 2005 and is now established as one of the TV industry's best-paid actresses.