Patrick Dempsey Talks Leaving Grey's Anatomy and We're Still Not Over It

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So what really happened to Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy? Patrick Dempsey finally speaks up about leaving the show.

The Real Reason Patrick Dempsey Left Grey's Anatomy

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Let's be honest with ourselves, we're still not over Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) departure from Grey's Anatomy back in season 11. We always thought Derek would be there with us until the end, but unfortunately Shonda Rhimes knows exactly how to break our hearts. So what's the real reason McDreamy left Grey's Anatomy? Dempsey has finally admitted the real reason for leaving the show, and we're not sure if we're ready to hear it!

Patrick Dempsey Speaks On Leaving Grey's Anatomy

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We can blame Shonda Rhimes all we want for dumping Dempsey, but she's not the one to blame this time. It turns out it was Dempsey's choice to leave the ABC hit drama series back in 2015. However, Rhimes didn't have to kill him, so we can still blame her for that one!

According to Dempsey, he cut ties with Grey's Anatomy after 10 successful years because he lost interest in the show. In an interview with The I Paper he reveals, "Look, 10 years is a long time to be on any show. It's very hard to keep the storylines intriguing, especially on a network show with 25 episodes a year. So for me, it was time to go ... it's nice to move on and have new challenges." Sometimes the truth really hurts.

It was hard for fans to see Grey's Anatomy go on without Derek, but at the end of the day, we want what's best for Dempsey. Derek appeared in 252 episodes of Grey's, making his final appearance at the end of season 11. The loss was hard on us, but we just can't even imagine what Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) had to go through!

Will Patrick Dempsey Return To Grey's Anatomy?

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There's always been a little bit of hope in everyone that one day Dempsey will return to Grey's. We all know how unrealistic this actually is, we saw him die on that table! Dempsey even responds to the fan speculation that he might return one day.

"They want me to come back to the show which, given what happened to Derek, is really quite funny," Dempsey said.

Sadly, we can't bring a dead person back to life. We've already accepted the loss and been able to move on, at least we have the memories. Dempsey will not be returning to Grey's Anatomy. However, there's no need to dwell on it! We have plenty to look forward to in season 15, which might even include new love interests for Meredith.