When is Ellen Pompeo’s last episode on Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular?

GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey. (ABC/Mike Rosenthal)
GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey. (ABC/Mike Rosenthal) /
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The time has almost come to say goodbye to Meredith Grey though we should note that Ellen Pompeo’s last episode on Grey’s Anatomy as the lead isn’t a total departure from the medical drama.

The actress will no longer be a series regular as she’s focused on a Hulu limited series that’s akin to Orphan, in which she’ll star and executive produce. But fans will still hear Pompeo’s voice through narration on the remaining episodes of season 19. She’s also expected to appear in the season 19 finale and intends to revisit the role of Meredith at some point down the line.

Still, her exit will be tough for fans who’ve come to love Pompeo and the character she played for nearly 18 years. Some viewers came of age during her tenure while others have grown into themselves and adulthood right along with her. When will we have to bid farewell to the good doctor for awhile? Here’s what we know!

When is Ellen Pompeo’s last episode on Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular?

Meredith Grey will depart Grey’s Anatomy Thursday, Feb. 23 starting at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The episode, titled “I’ll Follow the Sun,” will focus on Meredith’s last day at Grey Sloan.

The doctors at the hospital have a goodby surprise planned for her, but she’s not going to be able to leave without having to contend with Nick. His plan is to confront her about their future together. In another storyline, the interns will be competing to scrub into a groundbreaking procedure while Richard has an important question to ask Teddy.

TVLine reports Lucas and Simone will also be unpacking their first kiss.

Watch the trailer for the farewell episode below:

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New episodes of Grey’s Anatomy air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Next day streaming is available on Hulu. The series has yet to be renewed for season 20. We’ll keep you posted on its renewal status. For information on what’s been renewed and canceled in 2023, click here.