Patrick Dempsey tears up: Actor shed tears while talking about exiting ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

April 28, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Patrick Dempsey tears up and praises his TV wife of 10 years, Ellen Pompeo, as he gears up for the next stage of his career. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dempsey claimed that he has not watched the episode where he was killed off Grey’s Anatomy, he is apparently in good terms with Shonda Rhimes, and confessed that McDreamy was; indeed, the perfect man.

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Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey tears up as he opens up about co-star, Ellen Pompeo. Dempsey sat down with Entertainment Weekly for his first interview since being killed off the hit TV series.

The 49-year-old star told EW that he has not watched the final episode, in fact, he has stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy several years ago. The reason – he was tired of seeing himself portraying the perfect Dr. Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy on the TV screen while, in real life, he is a normal, flawed human being. Dempsey stated:

“I haven’t watched an episode this year at all. I don’t watch it. In the past for a while, I don’t enjoy watching myself. That’s not something I prefer doing.”

Believe it or not, Patrick Dempsey claimed there were no tears during the final day on the set of the ABC drama. Dempsey said it was a quiet day and added:

“I’m still processing it. This is part of the mourning process, the post Grey’s experience. … (The final day of shooting) was very quiet. It was very poetic and I very quietly left. It was beautiful. It was raining, which was really touching. I got in my Panamera, got in rush hour traffic, and two hours later I was home. I’m emotional now talking about it because you start to look at the reality of it.”

Patrick Dempsey tears up as he talks about his relationship with Ellen Pompeo. He said that he was leaving in a good place with her and added:

“[He hesitates, and then tears up.] Beautiful chemistry. It’s magic. Chemistry. It’s beautiful. We’re like a married couple. It’s 10 years and it was magic from the beginning. Chemistry right away. Very moving, always has been.”

Dempsey told the reporter that it was a wonderful experience and is thrilled to have been part of a show that survived so long. He said:

“Yes. It’s crazy because you go from trying to get in a room to audition for something to suddenly everybody in the world knows you, no matter where you go, and it happened within a 30-day period. I’m glad I had the experience to handle it because it’s very heady.”

Now that Grey’s Anatomy‘s chapter is closed, Dempsey plans to race, make a series called The Limit about racing and spend time with his children. He said:

“I have a couple of things that I have developed. One is called The Limit that I sold to the Sundance Channel. It’s Mad Men in the racing world in the 1960s. That’s moving forward. I’m also talking to NBC International about a show called Fodors. It’s basically a travelogue spy thriller. I would love to do something else. I’m going to take the rest of the year off to develop, I would like to be a producer, I would commit to a show that is 10 to 12 episodes, but 24 again, I don’t know if I would do that. It’s a very hard life, it’s financially rewarding but there comes a point where how much is enough, really? I’m very grateful for what that character, what Shonda and ABC have given to me. It allows me to do so many things. I want to try something different. Will I be allowed to do something different? Is Derek so identifiable that I can’t go on and be someone else? That will be the challenge, to see if people embrace me as someone else.”

What are your thoughts on Patrick Dempsey leaving Grey’s Anatomy?

Ellen Pompeo addressed Dempsey’s exit from the show earlier today on Twitter, the 45-year-old actress wrote:

“I have always said what keeps me going is the fans. Knowing we move you and inspire you. There are so many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy. Husbands and wives of soldiers, victims of senseless violence and parents who have lost children. People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible. So it it for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honored And excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible. I hope you will all join me on her journey. With gratitude and respect, Ellen.”

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  1. maggie newton says:

    Well, they found a perfect series FINALE . I won’t be returning next year either. Derek and Meredith drove the show the rest of the shows back stories are weak and tired. I seems like Shonda Rhimes put to much effort into getting away with murder, and scandal and has let Grey’s slip the last couple of seasons. If
    her interests were elsewhere, she should have given her brain child the respect it deserved and finished the series on a high note. Funny how the series slipping ratings predict a slow and painful demise just like mimics McDreamy’s departure. As far as I am concerned “pull the plug”


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