Is Patrick Dempsey’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit Imminent? Rep For Actor Speaks Out

Is Patrick Dempsey leaving Grey’s Anatomy at the end of Season 11? A new report released by Page Six on Monday shared the possibility of Dempsey leaving the series in the near future because of problems between him and Shonda Rhimes. The report claimed that the actor’s “diva” behavior on set is to blame.

This is the not the first time that reports have surfaced about Patrick Dempsey’s future on the series. The actor spoke about his plans to leave Grey’s Anatomy “very soon” back in November. He was ready to focus on new projects creatively and spend more time on his racing.

This new Page Six report shares comments from an on-set source.

“Patrick has been acting like a diva and has clashed with Shonda. She suspended him for a while, and the word on set is that he isn’t coming back full time. Given all the past problems with Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington, there is little tolerance on the show for troublesome talent.”

However, a representative for the actor has spoken out to deny the report. The rep said that the “diva” report is completely “not true.”

Why are these rumors surfacing now?

It could be due to Derek Shephard’s disappearing act for most of Grey’s Anatomy Season 11. Derek took the job in Washington D.C. after a frosty start to Season 11 for him and Meredith. However, Derek returned to Seattle in a rush on an episode that aired earlier this month after Meredith called his phone and another woman answered.

After he explained the situation to her and she thought it over, he told her that he wanted her and their marriage. He returned to D.C. to quit his job, but he never made it to the meeting. This led to Meredith stressing out over his lack of contact during the last episode.

Thursday’s episode will show the reason for missing the meeting. He was involved in a car accident. There is no hint that Derek will die as a result of the accident, but anything is possible when it comes to shows by Shonda Rhimes. No one saw the “death” of Jake Ballard, played by Scott Foley, coming on the last episode of Scandal.

Patrick Dempsey has not had an easy year. In January, his wife, Jillian Fink, filed for divorce, and it was revealed that the actor and his wife did not have a prenuptial agreement. He was still wearing his wedding ring after she filed the papers.

Dempsey did speak about the divorce, and he hinted at the reason for the split, according to Extra.

“It would be nice to be one-pointed and not spread so thin sometimes. I think where I’m going is to really streamline and be much more specific in balancing things a little bit better than I have in the past. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have ‘Grey’s’ run as long as it has. It’s been a tremendous gift, and it’s allowed all of this to happen. That’s been taking up a lot of time, and of course, you have a life off the track and your family and trying to balance that out and make that work and then focusing on the racing.”

Patrick Dempsey spoke again for his love of racing and his future departure from Grey’s Anatomy at an event earlier this month. It was the first time the actor had stepped out since his divorce went public in January, according to Wetpaint Entertainment.

Grey’s Anatomy has been an amazing ride, and I’ll be forever grateful; it has a real magic to it. There are so many elements that work well; the cast, the music, the editing. But after three straight months filming, the rest of this year is 100 percent focused on driving. At this level you have to be completely committed, and I want to see just how good I can get.”

These comments only added fuel to the speculation that Dempsey’s exit from Grey’s Anatomy was imminent. Fans have taken the news in, and they have shared their outrage over the potential departure on Twitter in huge numbers. Fans are not at all happy about the news reports.

I swear to god if Patrick Dempsey is off greys I’m done

— B☻ (@Brittnaayy) April 22, 2015

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