In an interview with E! News, Rhimes revealed that the story is nowhere near finished and could go on for several years if the ratings continue.
She said: "I might be a very old lady by the time we reach it's last season because it doesn't seem to be stopping, which is wonderful and I feel the world really belongs to the fans and the fans have been really clear about what they want."
"It's such an amazing show and it's doing so well as it's moving forward," Rhimes continued. "I'm going to leave it alone and see where it goes, and we're going to stay a show as long as everybody wants to be there and as long as the fans want to be there."
Rhimes also touched on her somewhat underwhelming and open-ended goodbye to Meredith Grey, which saw Pompeo - the longest-running cast member - leave the show after 18 years.
She explained: "It was a little of a heart-breaking moment, but it was also a moment—for me—that she's not gone because she's coming back.
"I don't think of her as gone from the show, she's still doing the voiceovers, she's still there."
Grey's Anatomy season 19 airs on Thursdays on ABC in the US. The show streams on Disney+ in the UK, where new episodes premiere on Wednesdays.
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