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ABC president says ‘Grey's Anatomy’ to stick around ‘many years’

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“Grey's Anatomy” may have its biggest fan in the president…of ABC. Paul Lee recently spoke fondly about the show and its future with ABC. E! Online reported on the future of the doctors at Grey Sloane Memorial Hospital on Jan. 17.

Even though one of the founding cast members (Sandra Oh) is leaving at the end of season 10, Lee stated that he has every reason to believe the series will continue to air "for many years to come."

In speaking of the shows’ executive producer, Lee paid her the highest tribute, saying, “Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest writers that our generation has seen. She's continuing to write an immensely powerful show. It makes you laugh and cry every week, and what season are we now? And by the way, to her enormous credit, it is completely different than Scandal. And I love it. I think it's going to stay on the network for many years to come."

Lee remained mum on whether or not there will be any more cast departures on the show, saying only, "We don't have anything to say about that."

The key players in the fate of the show most definitely have to be tied to Ellen Pompeo and Shonda Rhimes. Whether or not ABC would keep the show going if one or both of these ladies left is a question no one wants to address. Around the time that Oh announced her intentions to leave, Rhimes was quoted as saying, "I see the show going as long as I continue to be interested in the show. And then I don't know about the network, because they might see it going after me. But as I see it, as long as I'm interested and have stories to tell, I'm excited about being there."

“Grey’s Anatomy” is set to return from its winter break on Thursday, Feb. 27. Until then, check back often for more news and updates.

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