Step back, haters. Ellen Pompeo says that ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will be just fine without Patrick Dempsey and she’s tired of being questioned over whether the show can survive without him. She actually takes it as an insult.
Grey’s Anatomy fans went crazy when Patrick Dempsey, 49, who had played Dr. Derek Shepherd for over 200 episodes, was killed off in season 11. Now, Ellen Pompeo, 45, is trying to quiet the doubters who question whether or not the show can survive without McDreamy.
Ellen says that Meredith won’t be lost without her love interest and that the show will be just fine without Dr. Shepherd. “It’s like, Annalise Keating carries the show, Olivia Pope carries the show,” she said, referring to the characters Viola Davis and Kerry Washington play on How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal, respectively. “But somehow, Meredith Grey needs someone. Why can’t I just be the lead of the show the way Annalise and Olivia can? Why can’t I be on that poster by myself,” she told Entertainment Weekly. She has a point — Meredith Grey wouldn’t have lasted for 12 seasons if she wasn’t a survivor.
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Series creator Shonda Rimes said she has a firm hand on the show’s future and that GA will be just fine without the presence of McDreamy. “I have not planned to [bring in a love interest for Meredith], and that’s not really the focus of what we’re doing with her right now,” Shonda told Variety at the 2015 Television Critics’ Assn. Tour. “I think Meredith is in a rebirth and she’s evolving. I’m watching the character do what the character’s doing and I’ll see where it goes. I’m not going to say we’re definitely not doing it, because I could be wrong, but that’s not my plan right now. You can’t just drop a guy in and be like, ‘There he is!’”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will Grey’s Anatomy be better or worse without McDreamy? Sound off in the comments below!
— Alex Cramer