We’ve grown to love him, but McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) may be clocking out of Grey’s Anatomy at the end of next season, the eighth and presumably his last.
In the new issue of Italian Vanity Fair, Dempsey confirms that the upcoming season of Grey’s will be his last. “It’s gonna be my last,” he told the mag. “I do not know what’s going to happen to the other characters, but for me it’s done.”
Dempsey noted that hanging up his stethoscope after seven years is “bittersweet because it’s been great and a great part of my life. But I can’t see me doing it anymore.”
So what will happen to his onscreen wife Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)?
“No one has asked us to come back after season eight, so I couldn’t presume that I’m coming back…if I haven’t been invited,” Pompeo told TVLine.com last week.
And if Pompeo chooses to stay? Creator Shonda Rhimes seems to have a backup plan in mind.
“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.”
How do you feel about Dempsey leaving Grey’s? Is it all a salary ruse?