Patrick Dempsey To Leave Grey's Anatomy After Season 8

Patrick Dempsey To Leave Grey's Anatomy After Season 8

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.”