Why Ellen Pompeo's husband Chris doesn't watch 'Grey's Anatomy' anymore

Grey’s Anatomy recently became the longest-running medical drama in television history, but some viewers quit watching seasons ago — including Ellen Pompeo’s husband Chris Ivery!

“There was a time back in the day that I watched it a lot, but then I didn’t know if she had a lover,” Ivery told Us Weekly exclusively before letting out a laugh at the Launch of Sergio Tacchini STLA collection in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 21. “I would say I’m not jealous; I’m really confident, but it’s awkward. She’s acting but now she’s got this new lover, which I know him, Giacomo [Gianniotti].”

After a brief love triangle, Pompeo’s Meredith Grey officially started a relationship with Gianniotti’s character Dr. Andrew DeLuca during Thursday’s episode of the ABC series.

“He’s a great guy. I actually like him,” Ivery added at the event on Thursday, which was hosted by him and the actress. “And to be honest, I haven’t watched those scenes because I feel like it can be awkward.”

While the music producer may not tune into Grey’s Anatomy each week, Ivery told Us that he’s Pompeo’s “biggest fan.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo attend the Sergio Tacchini STLA Launch on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Ellen Pompeo, Chris Ivery attend a basketball game between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery attend the New Orleans Pelicans vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo are seen on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on January 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actress Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on December 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo attend the Charlotte Hornets Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Chris Ivery and actresses Debbie Allen and Ellen Pompeo arrive at the Sunday Matinee Of 'Turn Me Loose' at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 15, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery at the Hammer Museum 15th Annual Gala in the Garden with Generous Support from Bottega Veneta on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Hammer Museum)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Actress Ellen Pompeo (L) and her Husband Music Producer Chris Ivery (R) attend the unveiling celebration of the new Century Plaza Hotel and residences in Century City on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo are seen on December 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Ellen Pompeo (L) and music producer Chris Ivery attend 2016 March of Dimes Celebration of Babies at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for March of Dimes)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Ellen Pompeo (L) and Chris Ivery attend a basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 16: Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery attend Day 4 of the 61st Taormina Film Fest on June 16, 2015 in Taormina, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 16: Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery attend Day 4 of the 61st Taormina Film Fest on June 16, 2015 in Taormina, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
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“What’s the secret? We’ve been doing it for a long time. I think the secret is taking the time that we need,” he explained. “Like if it’s me and her and we need a date night, we take it. It’s just sort of supporting each other. And obviously with three kids it’s ample. Her on set, me downtown, it’s a lot. But she’s my biggest fan. I’m her biggest fan.”

Pompeo and Ivery, who tied the knot in 2007, are parents of daughters Stella, 9, and Sienna, 4, and 2-year-old son Eli.

“We love going to games. We love going to, like, a Laker or Clipper game,” Ivery told Us about the couple’s date nights. “We’ll go to a game and we’ll go out to dinner. We have an amazing place out in Malibu so sometimes we’ll go out there, stay out there for the weekend. Whatever. We’ll go out with friends for dinner.”

The Old School actress added that she’s “so proud” of her husband for starting a clothing line.

“Listen, it’s amazing. It’s inspirational to change careers at 50,” Pompeo told Us on Thursday. “He’s been in the music business for 25 years and he changed careers at 50. And he killed it. I mean, knocked it out of the park. It’s amazing! So for anybody who feels they’re stuck, you can change your career at any age.”

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Ellen Pompeo through the years
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Ellen Pompeo during 'Catch Me If You Can' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during 2002 Toronto Film Festival - Motorola 'Moonlight Mile' Party at Power Plant in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Actress Ellen Pompeo stars in the fall movie 'Moonlight Mile' with Jake Guylenhall, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon. Here she is photographed in Wattles Garden Park. 08/23/2002 (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Ellen Pompeo (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during DreamWorks Premiere of Old School - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ellen Pompeo at the The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during 'Collateral' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during Prada Opens Beverly Hills Epicenter - Arrivals at Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Ellen Pompeo (Photo by Gail Oskin/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
Ellen Pompeo wearing Gucci 2562S Sunglasses (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during 'Chanel' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Arrivals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during Opening of the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum at Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Ellen Pompeo at the Social Hollywood in Hollywood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Ellen Pompeo during 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Ellen Pompeo arrives at the Madonna and Gucci Host 'A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF' at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Ellen Pompeo arrives for the 34th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals held at Nokia Theater at L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Actress Ellen Pompeo attends the grand opening of Marquee Nightclub at Marquee Nightclub In The Cosmopolitan on December 30, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)' - Miranda continues to deal with the aftermath of Ben's reckless decisions and forms an advisory committee to recommend proper disciplinary action against him. Meanwhile, April and Jackson try to put their differences aside for the sake of their baby, and Arizona makes a decision that could affect her relationship with Callie forever, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, APRIL 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mitch Haaseth/ABC via via Getty Images)ELLEN POMPEO
GREY'S ANATOMY - 'The End is the Beginning is the End' - Meredith, Derek, Cristina and Arizona receive big news regarding the plane crash lawsuit, Richard avoids Catherine's romantic advances and Jackson takes on one of Mark Sloane's old patients. Meanwhile, Derek begins recovery on his hand, on 'Grey's Anatomy,' THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images) ELLEN POMPEO, SARAH DREW, SANDRA OH
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Ellen Pompeo arrives at the 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic held at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 6, 2012 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Ellen Pompeo arrives at Rihanna's First Annual Diamond Ball at The Vineyard on December 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Ellen Pompeo attends a private dinner hosted by VOGUE to celebrate TOD'S Creative Director Alessandra Facchinetti on November 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for TOD'S)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Ellen Pompeo attends the 'Welcome to the Age of Cool' event hosted by Philosophy and Ellen Pompeo on September 22, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actress Ellen Pompeo attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on December 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Ellen Pompeo is seen outside 'Good Morning America' on November 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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With reporting by Nicole Pajer

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