Hours before Ellen Pompeo appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday, the actress tweeted that she'd recently welcomed a daughter via surrogate. "She was born two months ago," Pompeo, 44, said. Jimmy Kimmel applauded her for keeping the news under wraps, to which she replied, "Pretty good, right?"
"The mayor of New York City married us, and I kept that a secret for five days, too," the Grey's Anatomy star said of hubby Chris Ivery. "I've done it before. The covert thing is kind of fun. This baby was born via surrogate, so I felt an obligation to keep the surrogate's privacy. That was of utmost importance to me."
"And then today you said the hell with her!" Kimmel joked.
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"Pardon my ignorance on this, but when you have the baby through the surrogate, does your husband visit her in a motel room?" Kimmel asked. Pompeo laughed and replied, "No! No! Although, she is very gorgeous. Chris Ivery is going to take me to a lot of basketball games if I piss him off, so I have to be really careful. I was present for the insemination. I held her hand. So, they take the sperm...Medically, Chris Ivery has to do what he has to do and provide, and then I had to provide something as well, you know? You have to retrieve the egg. And then they put it together in a dish, the lab technicians, and then they make the embryo. Then they insert the embryo into the woman who will carry the child."