"You could understand why she wanted to go — when you're offered million a movie and you're only 26.
But Katie's problem is that she should not have renewed her contract.
She re-upped, took a big raise and then tried to get off the show.
Creator Explains Patrick Dempsey's Dramatic Exit "I have always said what keeps me going is the fans. There are so many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy," she wrote in a tweet on Monday.
, and despite the ups and downs, the actress couldn't be more thankful for her time spent at Seattle Grace."Actors always think the grass is greener somewhere else."I want to thank all the fans, what an incredible 11 yrs, I love you all," Dempsey tweeted out Friday after the episode aired. [Being written off] was something that was kind of surprising and uh, just naturally came to be.about the decision behind Derek's death, though still not much. I like the way it has all played out." Dempsey was on hiatus for six episodes of the season -- during which he spent a majority of his time traveling and racing -- and reveals that there wasn't much discussion when it came to his character's death. I got in my Panamera, got in rush hour traffic, and two hours later I was home.I think that once Isaiah did not get the role it backfired," she said of her former costar, whose contract was not renewed for season four after making headlines for his use of homophobic slurs against costar T. Knight during an on-set dispute with Patrick Dempsey. George O'Malley, and Katherine Heigl, who played Dr. And like Isaish's departure, Katherine's was also met with controversy."Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks started things spinning out of control," Pompeo said.Washington was the first original castmember to exit the show although T. "The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work. I just tried to not pay attention to all the noise around me."Despite her best efforts to steer clear of the drama, Pompeo admits the atmosphere was difficult on set."When Katie left, it was tough," she said of her former costar's much-buzzed about departure.I didn't want to do that," Pompeo explains in an article in the's still Mc Dreamy," in which she opens up about her reasons for sticking with the hospital drama after watching both Isaiah Washington and Katherine Heigl exit. "I have a house five minutes from the studio, I have a house in the Hamptons, a house in Malibu, a beautiful daughter whom I see every night, and it's all because I didn't leave But Pompeo's appreciation for the show doesn't mean that the actress has always been satisfied with the storyline for her character—and she recalls how Isaiah Washington, not Patrick Dempsey, was originally intended to be Meredith's love interest"You know they wanted Isaiah Washington to be my boyfriend," Pompeo revealed.