Patrick Dempsey Declares the Doctor Is Out on GREY’S ANATOMY

Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - Shock to the System- Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo

Patrick Dempsey and Shonda Rhimes are sending cryptic messages about the upcoming season of ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY. TVLine.com reports that Dempsey told Italian Vanity Fair that season eight will be his last on the show. While leaving the show will be bittersweet for him, he doesn’t envision himself continuing to portray the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd anymore. However according to EW.com, Dempsey’s rep says that he was only referring to his contract ending after next season, and it’s uncertain what his next step will be.

Last month, Rhimes told TVLine.com that “she was approaching next season as if it was the last – not just for Dempsey but his fellow original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh and Justin Chambers.” While Rhimes admits that she doesn’t know what will happen or what the actors will choose to do, she prophetically stated, “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.”

What do you make of the mixed messages? How would you feel if season 8 of Grey’s Anatomy was the last?