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Shonda Rhimes Defends Killing Derek Off 'Grey's Anatomy'

Ellen Pompeo and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes sit in a panel together during the ABC portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour on Tuesday (August 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were joined on the panel by Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder‘s Viola Davis.

Shonda opened up about why she decided to kill off Patrick Dempsey‘s character Derek from Grey’s Anatomy after the actor made plans to leave the show.

“The decision to have the character die the way that he did, was not a difficult one in the sense of what were the options? Either Derek was going to walk out on Meredith and leave her high and dry and what was that going to mean?” Shonda said (via THR). “That was going to suggest that their love was not true — that the thing we said for 11 years was a lie and McDreamy wasn’t McDreamy and that was untenable. Meredith and Derek’s love had to remain Meredith and Derek’s love. As painful as it was for me as a storyteller because I never thought that would happen, the only way to preserve that is Derek had to die for that love to remain honest. I couldn’t have that he turned out to be a bad guy who walked out on his wife and kid … for me, the only way was to make Derek and Meredith’s magic to remain true and forever frozen in time.”

FYI: Ellen is wearing a Roland Mouret outfit, Aquazzura shoes, and jewelry by Jennifer Meyer and Rachel Katz.

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Patrick Dempsey Remembers Amanda Peterson After Her Death

Patrick Dempsey took to his Twitter account to pay tribute to his former Can’t Buy Me Love co-star Amanda Peterson, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 43.

“In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young. Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda’s family,” the 49-year-old actor wrote on his Twitter account.

The cause of death has not yet been released.

Our continued thoughts are with Amanda‘s friends and loved ones during this time.

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Patrick Dempsey's Former 'Grey's Anatomy' Co-Star Jessica Capshaw Signs On for Three More Years

Patrick Dempsey keeps a low profile under a cap while arriving at LAX Airport for his flight out of town on Friday (June 26) in Los Angeles.

The 49-year-old actor’s former co-star Jessica Capshaw just signed on for three more years of Grey’s Anatomy.

According to TVLine.com, her new contract puts Arizona at Grey Sloan Memorial until May 2018, although, as of now, the show has only been renewed through the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Katherine Heigl recently opened up about how she can’t picture the show without Patrick‘s character McDreamy.

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Patrick Dempsey Feels Magical Being Part of Le Mans Race

Patrick Dempsey is all smiles while signing autographs for fans at Le Mans circuit on Tuesday (June 9) in France.

Earlier in the week, the 49-year-old actor wore a racing outfit while taking place in the 24-hour race downtown.

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“There’s something magical about coming to Le Mans,” Patrick recently shared. “It’s incredibly special to contest this classic with Porsche, the most successful brand in the history of the race. Porsche’s great Le Mans victories were part of my childhood and youth.”

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Patrick Dempsey Races in 24 Hours of Le Mans Next Weekend

Patrick Dempsey runs into a few fans while on his way to Canal Plus on Friday afternoon (June 5) in Paris, France.

The 49-year-old former Grey’s Anatomy actor and racer is promoting his participation in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which happens next weekend.

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Patrick will be starting from the 77th spot and driving a Porsche 911 RSR.

Be sure to check out the video as he talks about racing a Porsche!


24 Heures du Mans – #OnTrackWith Patrick Dempsey at Porsche curves

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Is Patrick Dempsey Making a Return to Television This Fall?

Patrick Dempsey causes heads to turn as he makes his way through LAX Airport on Monday (June 1) in Los Angeles.

The 49-year-old former Grey’s Anatomy star has reportedly already taken several meetings to find a new television gig for the fall.

“It’s very normal for an actor who has been on a show for a long time to take meetings, to get reacquainted with other studios and network execs,” a high-level studio exec told EW. “It’s just what you do. You never know when that dream project is gonna fall In your lap.”

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Patrick Dempsey & Jordin Sparks Get Hearts Racing at Indy 500

Patrick Dempsey is all smiles while attending the Indy 500 on Saturday (May 23) in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 49-year-old actor was joined at the race by Jordin Sparks, Adam Carolla, David Letterman, Danielle Bradbery, and Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard.

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“I definitely love racing. I love the camaraderie and the fellowship. I think the challenge is with oneself and not so much your fellow competitors, necessarily,” Patrick shared to People at the race, where he had the privilege of waving the green flag.

FYI: Jordin is wearing a J Brand blazer.

10+ pictures inside of Patrick Dempsey and Jordin Sparks at the Indy 500… More Here! »

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