Patrick Dempsey To Leave Grey’s Anatomy After Season 8

3 years ago, by

May 31, 2011

In the new issue of the Italian Vanity Fair, Patrick Dempsey confirms that the show’s upcoming season 8 will be his last.

“It’s gonna be my last. I do not know what’s going to happen to the other characters, but for me it’s done.”

Earlier this month, Shonda Rhimes commented that she was approaching next season as if it was the last – not just for Dempsey but his fellow original cast members Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh and Justin Chambers.

“It might be the last hurrah for a lot of them; you never know,” she said. “I really don’t know and I don’t presume to know. Everybody has an individual choice to make and I get that…. All the originals are in play.”

What happens if Dempsey leaves but Pompeo stays? Rhimes says:

“I feel like Meredith and Derek are meant to be together forever, and we’re going to make sure that in the end they end up together, one would hope — unless one of them dies or something.”

  • Lane

    I don’t care about the others – But if they get rid of Bailey I’ll be super pissed. She’s the best! I’m tired of Alex’s bitching and whining, Christina’s negativity, and Meredith and Derek’s never-ending up and down romance. Bailey BTW!

  • Bookworm_0828

    i hate derrick the rest of the cast is great and i hope bailey gets chief resident or webers job i love all of them but please get rid of dempseys hes worthless to the show

  • Madi

    derek!!!!!!!!!!!! :’(   Grey’s will never be the same.  </3

  • Megan

    OMG derek is so HOT why is he leaving there is like tears on my face 

  • Sophia Marie

    I agree, but if Derek can’t stay on Greys its his own fault. But Greys will bring in someone better then him. Then everyone can get past Derek

  • Armywife4 Life

    christina and owen are the new super couple, they could easily carry te show.  Infact i stopped watching greys for a couple years until owen came to the set

  • Softly-5

    Come on !! no patrick no other season…
    I don’t mean to underestimate the role of other characters they’re amazing, but he based the series and will miss a large part of itand it will weaken role of Meredith ’cause her life attach to him..and if anything wrong happen to Derek she will turn to other person..,I said it’s better to stop on 8 season ’cause they will ruin the series and the whole story and I agree with him about that the character of the two  couple “Meredith and Derek are meant to be together forever”
    they’ve been through alot of difficult situations together..,

    I really adore this series and the deep feelings it held by
    and I don’t hope it end on season 8, but it’s better than ruin all the successful that the series reached..? 

  • carrie

    if a lot of the main characters leave then the show wont be the same, i probably wont watch it cause the rest annoy me. it will ruin the show if they leave, its called GREYS anatomy for a reason, she carries the show and derrick is a huge part of it, its boring without them.

  • Iluvstuff

    When derek leaves meredith should get married to finn from season 3 :)

  • Hourijig

    I have been one of the many many who has been watching Grey’s Anatomy since season 1. It has been the greatest show with all the cast members!! I was upset when Izzie & George left the show, but I don’t think I can handle the show if someone else leaves!! Each & every cast member has their uniqueness. And we as fans, it’s our right to have a happy ending and satisfactory results…
    It’s a great show and that’s why we have all been watching it for 7 seasons and can’t wait to watch the 8th and the 9th and so on. I would love to see the 8th season showing more of the personal lives of the Interns than the medical part of it. And I would love to thank Shonda and all my favorite cast members for this great show!! Love you all!! <3

  • Dee

    These characters never think about the fans they just up and quit smh dont start something you can not stick with until the end.

  • Hannah Snider

    i would rather the series end with our favorite characters on there than bring in another season with different characters. besides i think all of the storylines are coming to their end

  • Keri Kobe

    If all the originals leave I am done watching and I’m sure alot of others will b too. Christina Derek especially meredith.

  • Thereposeexperience

    That was eight years ago!  People get married, have babies, have health changes, etc.  Their hours are long and it’s a HUGE committment.  The comment “Stars never think about fans…”  It’s the other way around!

  • Jade 326

    if they get rid of derek and not meredeth i will be pissed! meredeth needs a happy ending, of not, i will stop watching the show