Ellen Pompeo Says ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Is ‘Doing Very Well’ After Patrick Dempsey Exit

Ellen Pompeo Says ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Is ‘Doing Very Well’ After Patrick Dempsey Exit
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On Monday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Ellen Pompeo sat down to chat about her ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy,” which is in its first season without Patrick Dempsey.

Pompeo told DeGeneres, "It’s amazing how much you get done without a penis. We miss him dearly, but yeah, the show is doing very well.”

The 46-year-old also shut down rumors that the show was in its last season. She shared, "No, it’s not the last season. I think a lot of people were really upset about his departure, which is super understandable. But I think the change is part of the reason why the show goes on so long. I think people tune in to see what the show looks like now. 'What is Meredith going to do without Derek?' I think they get so upset about the change, but change is precisely what everyone always needs to sort of get to the next place.” Watch!

Patrick was killed off in the middle of Season 11. In a statement, ABC said, "After 11 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is moving on to pursue other interests. Dr. Derek Shepherd is an iconic character and we’ve been proud to be the home of 'McDreamy' and the 'Mer/Der' love story. The devotion of Grey’s fans throughout the years has been a testament to the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes and Dempsey’s talent. 'McDreamy' will be greatly missed and we wish Patrick the very best in his future endeavors."

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