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Ellen Pompeo Breaks Silence on Patrick Dempsey's 'Grey's Anatomy' Exit

Ellen Pompeo is opening up for the first time about her on-screen husband Patrick Dempsey‘s exit from their hit show Grey’s Anatomy.

The 45-year-old actress wrote a note to devastated fans on Twitter.

“I have always said what keeps me going is the fans. Knowing we move you and inspire you. There are so many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy. Husbands and wives of soldiers, victims of senseless violence and parents who have lost children,” Ellen wrote in the note. “People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible. So it it for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honored And excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible. I hope you will all join me on her journey. With gratitude and respect, Ellen.”

Here is the latest of what Patrick had to say about his character’s death.

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Patrick Dempsey Says He Left 'Grey's Anatomy' on Good Terms With Shonda Rhimes & His Co-Stars

Patrick Dempsey is opening up more about his shocking exit from Grey’s Anatomy after 11 seasons on the show.

Here’s what the 49-year-old actor had to share with EW:

On whether his divorce affected his work: “You’re a professional. You leave your personal life at the door. I’m not going to talk about my home life as part of show.”

On watching the final episode: “I haven’t watched an episode this year at all. I don’t watch it. In the past for a while, I don’t enjoy watching myself. That’s not something I prefer doing.”

On whether he left on good terms with the cast: “I think so, yes.”

With creator Shonda Rhimes: “Yes.”

With Ellen Pompeo: “Very good.”

Also pictured below: Ellen is all smiles while grabbing some smoothies on Sunday (April 26) in Los Angeles.

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Patrick Dempsey Tweets About His 'Grey's Anatomy' Exit

Patrick Dempsey‘s exit from Grey’s Anatomy still has many longtime fans of the show completely distraught and now the actor is breaking his silence about it on Twitter.

“I want to thank all the fans, what an incredible 11 yrs, I love you all,” the 49-year-old actor tweeted in his simple note.

Patrick gave an in depth interview about his character Derek’s death on the show and unfortunately it leaked just hours before the episode aired, spoiling the surprise for many people.

Make sure to read the statement released by the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes too!

Watch the 'Grey's Anatomy' Ending Montage & Death Scene

The heartbreaking final scene from tonight’s (April 23) episode of Grey’s Anatomy has made its way online already.

The video shows Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) sitting alongside her husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey) as they are about the take him off life support.

Before they do, it flashes back to some of MerDer’s best and most memorable scenes in a touching montage that had us in tears.

In case you missed it, or just want to watch it over and over, see below:

Derek Dies on Grey’s Anatomy (Part 1)

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Were You Satisfied With [SPOILER]'s Death on 'Grey's Anatomy'? Take Our Poll!

We have so many feelings about tonight’s shocking Grey’s Anatomy episode and we are still processing them!

After – SPOILER ALERT! – Derek (Patrick Dempsey) was pulled off life support by his wife Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), the tears started flowing.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Patrick Dempsey

In case you missed it, read Patrick‘s statement, as well as what creator Shonda Rhimes had to say in a statement about his exit.

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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

Shonda Rhimes Speaks Out After Shocking 'Grey's Anatomy' Death Scene


Shonda Rhimes has released a statement regarding the sudden death of Patrick Dempsey‘s character Derek Shepherd on her hit show Grey’s Anatomy.

“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character — for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy,” Shonda said in the statement. “Patrick Dempsey‘s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example — happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true — of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire Grey’s Anatomy family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.”

ABC also issued a statement that read, “After 11 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is moving on to pursue other interests. Dr. Derek Shepherd is an iconic character and we’ve been proud to be the home of ‘McDreamy’ and the ‘Mer/Der’ love story. The devotion of Grey’s fans throughout the years has been a testament to the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes and Dempsey’s talent. ‘McDreamy’ will be greatly missed and we wish Patrick the very best in his future endeavors.”

Patrick has opened up about the death scene as well. Read his statements now!

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