Patrick Dempsey to exit Grey’s Anatomy after season 8

Patrick Dempsey tells Italian Vanity Fair he plans to exit Grey’s Anatomy after Season 8.

“It’s gonna be my last,” Dempsey says. “I do not know what’s going to happen to the other characters, but for me it’s done.”

Dempsey’s contract is up after the eighth season, along with those for other original castmembers Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh and Justin Chambers.

Executive producer Shonda Rhimes has already expressed that she’s planning Season 8 to be the last for the original cast. “It might be the last hurrah for a lot of them; you never know,” she told “Everybody has an individual choice to make and I get that.”