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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 EW.com.

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

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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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'Grey's Anatomy' Shocker: [SPOILER] is Killed Off the Show!

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We are still reeling from tonight’s (April 23) episode of Grey’s Anatomy, which left our jaws on the floor!

After much speculation, a major character was killed off the show! We’re talking an original castmember!

After trying to help out victims of a car crash, this person’s life was left hanging in the balance.

WHAT DID YOU THINK of the shocking end to tonight’s episode?

Click inside to find out which character died on Grey’s Anatomy… More Here! »

Is Patrick Dempsey Leaving 'Grey's Anatomy' For Good?

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It sounds like Dr. McDreamy is checking out of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital for good.

Patrick Dempsey is leaving Grey’s Anatomy after 11 seasons with the show, according to a new feature in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, which some fans got a hold of before tonight’s (April 23) episode could air. See below.

A source confirms to JustJared.com that Patrick recently filmed his death scene on location in a Los Angeles park.

According to Page Six, Patrick was forced out by creator Shonda Rhimes.

Patrick has been acting like a diva and has clashed with Shonda. She suspended him for a while, and the word on set is that he isn’t coming back full time,” a source told the paper, adding, “Given all the past problems with Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington, there is little tolerance on the show for troublesome talent.”

ARE YOU SAD to learn Patrick Dempsey is leaving Grey’s Anatomy?

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Patrick Dempsey Makes First Public Appearance as a Single Man

Patrick Dempsey sports some scruff while hitting the charity screening of the film Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman held at the El Capitan Theatre on Thursday (April 16) in Hollywood.

The 49-year-old actor made his first public appearance since his split from wife Jillian in January.

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Patrick was on hand to celebrate Paul Newman’s love for racing with archived footage of the actor and his wife Joanne Woodward, who stayed married until his death in 2008.

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Patrick Dempsey Makes a Late Run For Groceries

Patrick Dempsey swings by Gelson’s to grab food and some other things on Thursday evening (February 19) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 49-year-old Grey’s Anatomy actor must have needed a lot because he left with two big brown bags of goodies in his hands.

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Recently, Patrick flashed his ringless finger while grabbing a bite to eat at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills.

15+ pictures inside of Patrick Dempsey stopping by his local grocery store to pick up a few items… More Here! »

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Patrick Dempsey Finally Removes His Wedding Ring Two Weeks After Wife Jillian Filed For Divorce

Patrick Dempsey flashes his ringless finger while grabbing a bite to eat at Il Pastaio on Thursday afternoon (February 5) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 49-year-old actor was spotted for the first time without a wedding ring since his wife Jillian filed for divorce two weeks ago.

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Right after the divorce news, Patrick was spotted still wearing his wedding ring during two separate occasions on the beach.

20+ pictures inside of Patrick Dempsey going without his wedding ring at Il Pastaio… More Here! »

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