Patrick Dempsey Seems Pretty Much Over His Grey's Anatomy Departure

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We hate to say it, Grey's Anatomy fans, but you may be more broken up about Patrick Dempsey's departure from this ABC series than Patrick Dempsey is.

In news still reverberating around the Internet, Dempsey was written out on Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 21 when his beloved character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, got run over by an 18-wheeler.

He died with Meredith by his hospital bedside, telling a nurse to go ahead and pull the plug on her husband.

In actuality, however, Dempsey's enthusiasm for this role had flat-lined a long time ago.

The actor has been pretty open for years now that Grey's Anatomy was simply paying the bills and he was more interested in racing cars than playing a brain surgeon.

And with fans going back to watch Grey's Anatomy online in order to make sure Derek really is dead, Dempsey gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly in which he discussed his exit from the drama.

In pretty stoic terms.

“I like the way it has all played out,” said Dempsey, who actually signed a new two-season contract last year.

He went on to say that the decision to write him out “happened very quickly,” around February or March,” while adding that it was “obviously the right time” for him to go.

Did he cry on his last day? No. What was the final day of filming like?

"It was like any other day… just another work day. There was still too much going on. You’re in the midst of it, not really processing it."

According to EW, however, there was one instance of Dempsey welling up - and that was when he was asked about working with co-star Ellen Pompeo.

"It was magic," he said. "It’s beautiful. We’re like a married couple. It’s 10 years, and it was magic from the beginning. Chemistry right away."

Now, as we look ahead to Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 22, the question is this:

Is it time for Grey's Anatomy to go? Should ABC cancel the series?

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