We really were not ready for this. One of the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ beloved doctors was killed off the show in a truly horrific way. Now the actor who played the MD is speaking out about their departure. If you haven’t watched the episode yet, don’t continue reading!
On the shocking April 23 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was forced to make a tough choice that decided the the fate of one of the show’s most-beloved doctors. Now, the actor who played the now-dead character for a decade is speaking out about departing from everyone’s favorite medial drama. Find out what they had to say!
Patrick Dempsey On Grey’s Anatomy Death: Star Speaks Out On Leaving Show
It’s a tough pill to swallow for Grey’s Anatomy fans, but Dr. Derek Shepherd is no longer with us. In one of the show’s most terrifying twists, Patrick Dempsey’s, character Derek died on the April 23 episode after getting into a tragic car accident. The terrible incident leaves Meredith Grey a widow and caps off an incredible 11-year run for Patrick. After rumors that Patrick, 49, wouldn’t come back after the show’s 11th season, the actor has broken his silence on actually saying farewell.
“It’s been a remarkable ride,” he told TVLine. “The worldwide impact has been extraordinary. It is incredible how devoted and passionate the fans are, and I will forever be grateful and humbled by the experience.”
Exec Producer Shonda Rhimes & ABC Speak Out
“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.’ 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 Anatomyfamily 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.”
The show’s hosting network, ABC, also had kind words to say about Patrick leaving. Here’s what they wrote:
“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.”
HollywoodLifers — what do YOU think of what Patrick had to say after saying goodbye to his Dr. Derek character?
— Evan Real