Patrick Dempsey leaving 'Grey's Anatomy': Will you watch without McDreamy?

patrick-dempsey-gi-320.jpgSad news, "Grey's Anatomy" fans. Patrick Dempsey has officially announced that he will exit the show after the upcoming season. He tells Vanity Fair, "It's going to be my last. I do not know what's going to happen to the other characters, but for me it's done."

He's not leaving on bad terms, and he says the exit will be "bittersweet because it's been great and a great part of my life. But I can't see myself doing it anymore."

This doesn't come as much of a surprise, because Dempsey has made it clear in the past that he didn't want to play Derek Shepherd past his expiration date. This season, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, and Chandra Wilson will all have reached the ends of their contracts, and could possibly all leave.

Luckily, executive producer Shonda Rimes is prepared for the mass exodus and tells TVLIne that she's approaching this season as if it will be the last for the remaining original cast members. We can be sure that everyone will get an appropriate exit... even if that means character death. "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," she says. "Unless one of them dies or something."

Weigh in below in the comments section. Will you watch "Grey's" without McDreamy?
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