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Ellen Pompeo Backs Katherine Heigl’s Claims Of ‘Cruel’ Working Hours On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Grey’s Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo, has seconded claims of ‘cruel’ working hours on the hit ABC show.

Katherine Heigl told David Letterman in 2009 interview that the hours – which could result in 17-hour long days – were “cruel and mean.”

13 years later, Pompeo has backed the claims made by her former co-star.

In the latest episode of her Tell Me podcast, the 52-year-old talk about those long days spent on set.

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And she went onto to discuss the backlash Heigl faced when she spoke out about it all those years ago.

“Had she said that today, she’d be a complete hero,” Pompeo said. “But she’s ahead of her time, made a statement about our crazy hours and, of course, let’s slam a woman and call her ungrateful.

“When the truth is, she was 100% honest, and it’s absolutely correct what she said.”

Pompeo said that younger actors can be more accepting of working conditions because of their eagerness to be involved.

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“You’re so happy to be invited to the party that you’re willing to do whatever it is they’re asking you to do,” she continued.

Heigl eventually left the show after starting a family with her husband.

Pompeo, however, is still the leading lady as Grey’s reaches its 19th season.

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