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Ellen Pompeo from 'Grey's Anatomy' Posts Photo with Former Costar TR Knight 11 Years after He Left the Show

Tichafa Chidzonga
Mar 11, 2020
07:30 A.M.
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Ellen Pompeo shared a rare picture with her former 'Grey's Anatomy' co-star, T.R Knight, as the two reunited after almost 11 years since he left the show.


This week, "Grey's Anatomy" fans have been through a roller coaster of emotions, both on-screen and off-camera, with the coming and going of old characters.

Fans were sent into an uproar on social media when one of the few remaining original characters on the show, "Dr. Alex Karev," played by Justin Chambers, was killed off suddenly.

Kate Walsh, Isaiah Washington, Justin Chambers, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Sara Ramirez and Ellen Pompeo in a promotional picture for "Grey's Anatomy" on August 15 2006 | Source: Bob D'Amico/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images


With fans reeling over the loss, 

Ellen Pompeo

 made a surprising post when she shared a rare picture of herself and her former co-star, T.R Knight, in her caption she


"Old friends are the BEST friends @t.r.knight... but like we aren't old... we’ve just known each other for a very long time yes yes that's it..."


The picture showed the  Pompeo and Knight posing make-up free for their selfie and smiling from ear to ear. The picture had many fans feeling emotional as they commented with cry emojis. 

Other fans were taken back to memories of Knight's character "George O'Malley" and simply wrote his name in remembrance. After a tough week of losing one character, another fan seemed happy to see the nostalgic reminder.

A fan comments on picture of T.R Knight and Ellen Pompeo posing together for a selfie | Source:


Coming onto the show as one of the original surgeons, Knight enjoyed five seasons on "Grey's Anatomy" before he was killed off in the premiere episode of the sixth season.

Is it reported, Knight's decision to leave the show was spurred on by drama that was happening behind the scenes.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he referred to it as the gradual "breakdown of communication" with the show's executive producer Shonda Rhimes.

The final blow was a fight with Isaiah Washington, who was fired for calling Knight a derogatory term based on his sexuality, forcing Knight to come out publically about his sexuality.

After struggling with his character's storyline in the fifth season, Knight made the tough decision to walk away from what was estimated to be a ten show deal for $14 million.

He revealed that his other co-stars, such as Katherine Heigl, tried to convince him to stay, but he felt it was the best decision for him to move on.