Patrick Dempsey has said that as long as people keep watching Grey’s Anatomy, they’ll keep making the show, but his time on the show may be coming to an end after Season 10.
During promotion for his new Velocity racing docu-series, Racing Le Mans, at the annual Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills today, July 25, Patrick dissed the show, hinting that after his contract expires, he’ll leave.
"When you're in a long show, there's less discovery and more of an endurance of having to be present,” Patrick revealed on stage, according to ET Online. "I'm not necessarily bored with the show. I'm very grateful that I have a show that's on for 10 years, but I'm not the creator, I'm not the writer. We're coming up on 200 episodes, [now] it's about surviving. There's not a lot of homework that goes into it. You try to be present and not get caught acting.”
In fact, this lack of “homework” was further explained in a clip for the series, in which he says, “You’re exhausted…telling the same story over and over,” according to a tweet from TV Guide Magazine’s Damian Holbrook.
This doesn’t mean that Patrick will be out the door immediately, though. He — along with the other core cast members — are under contract until the end of Season 10, and the actor admits that he’s grateful for the show. “I'm grateful I have the gig, but it's not the same thing as being in a race car,” he dished, adding that the constant change of racing is “exciting” and keeps him alive, so he needs it to “go back to work and enjoy it.”
This disheartening news comes on the heels of co-showrunners and executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater exiting after the upcoming season. Does this mean that Grey’s will end after this year? It’s sounding like that more and more every day.
Do you think this is Grey’s last year? Will Patrick depart the show? Sound off below.
Sources: ET Online, Twitter