Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo Weighs In on Isaiah Leaving Grey's

06/08/2007 at 06:30 PM EDT

Ellen Pompeo Weighs In on Isaiah Leaving Grey's
Ellen Pompeo
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A day after ABC announced that Isaiah Washington will not be returning to Grey's Anatomy, the show's star, Ellen Pompeo, says his dismissal was news to her.

"I woke up this morning and saw it just, I'm sure, along with everybody else," Pompeo told E!'s Ryan Seacrest in an interview Friday. "It doesn't really have a tremendous lot to do with me. So, you know, whatever is meant to be is meant to be and whatever is going to happen is going to happen – so you just have to roll with the punches."

Added Pompeo with a laugh: "They [the producers] are very secretive about things for obvious reasons: I guess actors have big mouths."

Earlier, Washington weighed in on the decision in a cryptic statement released by his publicist Howard Bragman, saying: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more."

A source close to the show said Washington's behavior – specifically his use of a homophobic slur against castmate T.R. Knight in the fall – made him a liability.

Despite the news, though, Pompeo told Seacrest that she's anticipating the show's upcoming season – though she's not sure about many of the plot points.

"I hope the quality of the writing is good and I hope the fans stay with us," she said in the interview. "We have such an amazing support group of fans and I hope we can, you know, maintain the quality for the fans and just continue to put out quality television."

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