How could Patrick Dempsey leave Grey’s Anatomy?! After the fandom exploded with sadness following Derek’s death on the April 23 episode, ABC released a statement explaining why the actor decided to leave the show.
After 11 amazing years on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey, 49, decided to walk away. See ABC’s official statement regarding his heartbreaking exit and his “future endeavors.”
Patrick Dempsey Leaves Grey’s Anatomy — ABC’s Official Statement
ABC gave a statement to HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site TVLine saying,
“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.”
The show’s creator Shonda Rhimes also released a statement to HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site saying,
“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.
HollywoodLifers, are you upset at Patrick for leaving the show? Or are you happy for him that he’s going to pursue other things? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
— Shira Benozilio