Credit: Ron Tom/ABC Family Channel © 2010 Disney ABC Television Group Photo: Meredith and Derek on Grey's Anatomy February 24, 2011

Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd) has made it about as clear as mud that he's leaving Grey's Anatomy after his contract is up at the end of next season. Well, so, technically, he did explicitly say it once, but his rep jumped in and made him retract the statement to clarify that it was still up in the air. Uh, sure, we'll pretend like we're buying it.

Of course, now that Patrick is promoting his new movie Transformers 3, he finds himself fielding questions about his potential departure all over again, and seems a little fed up with that particular line of questioning. "I don’t know what’s gonna happen with the show — I don’t think they do either," he told Access Hollywood. Uh oh — feeling a little exasperated, Patrick?

He was willing to admit, though, that he hoped Derek and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) would reconcile before their time on the series ended. "I think they should go off in the sunset together, quite honestly," he explained. "I think they should maintain it, and he should leave as McDreamy as possible, I think." Well, at least someone's looking out for the fans. It would totally suck if Shonda Rhimes tried to pull one of those staggering, unexpected endings and ripped MerDer apart for a grand finale.

We agree that cutting loose the Drs. Shepherd in a peaceful, happy, baby-making and/or baby-having place would make the most sense. Maybe it isn't the flashiest of conclusions, but at least it would be satisfying. Best of all, Shonda wouldn't have scores of fans out for blood!

Source: Access Hollywood