Eleven seasons, ten years, 245 episodes together and all Ellen Pompeo has to say about her co-star Patrick Dempsey’s departure from Grey’s Anatomy is, “It’s amazing how much you get done without a penis.”
Pompeo, who plays titular character Meredith Grey on the hit surgical drama, said people were ‘really upset’ about Dempsey’s departure. Dempsey played Pompeo’s long-time love interest-turned-husband, Derek Shepherd, on the show until [SPOILER] his character was, in dramatic Grey’s Anatomy fashion, tragically killed off at the end of the last season.
"I think the change is part of the reason why the show goes on so long, because people tune in to see what does the show look like now, and what is Meredith going to do without Derek?," Pompeo said.
"They get so upset about the change, but change is precisely what everyone needs to get to the next place."