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Patrick Dempsey Opens Up About His 'Grey's Anatomy' Exit, Explains Derek's Departure

Patrick Dempsey Opens Up About His 'Grey's Anatomy' Exit, Explains Derek's Departure

Patrick Dempsey is speaking out about his shocking departure from Grey’s Anatomy.

Here’s what the 49-year-old actor had to say about his character’s death:

On finding out: “Things happened very quickly, where we were like, ‘Oh this is where it’s going to go.’ It just sort of unfolded in a very organic way. I don’t remember the date. It was not in the fall. Maybe February or March. It happened very quickly.”

On if he was surprised: “No, not really. It was just a natural progression with the way the story was unfolding. It was like, Okay! This was obviously the right time.”

On his final day: “It was like any other day… just another work day. There was still too much going on. You’re in the midst of it, not really processing it.”

On working with Ellen Pompeo: (For the first time in the interview, Dempsey tears up. He pauses before speaking.) “It was magic. It’s beautiful. We’re like a married couple. It’s 10 years, and it was magic from the beginning. Chemistry right away.”

The show’s creator Shonda Rhimes has released a statement on the departure as well!

To read more of Patrick‘s exit interview, head over to

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Posted to: Greys Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey, Television

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  • j k

    what’s the point of hiding spoilers in one article if you’re gonna post more articles like this. obviously it was his character.

  • dsr_nyc


  • Doro

    Screw you, “Jared”. I’m on the West Coast and now I don’t need to watch. May your balls develop a never-ending itch.

  • dsr_nyc

    It’s crazy how many major outlets – EW, People, Hollywood Reporter, Just Jared – spoiled this so early. Like hours before it even aired on the East Coast. No respect.

  • chloe

    Bahahaha, I’m totally using that “never-ending itch,” line. It’s gold.

  • Doro

    It’s all yours! Enjoy and please exploit. :)

  • Doro

    I warned my local friends to stay offline tonight until they watch.

  • dsr_nyc

    Same here. I told my mom to stop what she was doing, get off the internet and watch.

  • Guest

    ♪♪I RECEIVED FIRST DRAFT OF $13000!@ak24:


  • Thuy Dong

    WHAT THE!? Why would you do this to people!!


    people still watch this?


    it aired across the country already-we don’t wait for you to watch your taped shit!


    it already aired

  • Ainé

    Merder’s Divorce was the best solution but Shonda Rhimes is not happy if she doesn’t kill someone. Kill off Derek was a VERY BAD idea, he was the most beloved character of the show and she is being so unfair with Meredith: her mother died, her stepmother died, her sister died, her best friend died and now her husband died… and the same way of her 5th season dream, car accident.