Grey's Anatomy: No End in Sight!

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ABC President Paul Lee took to the stage on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour and touched on both Grey's Anatomy Season 11 and Grey's Anatomy Season 12.

First, the executive acknowledged the McElephant in the McRoom, referring to Derek's death as a "difficult decision" made by creator Shonda Rhimes.

YIKES!

But It was “great to see Grey’s Anatomy so relevant” again, Lee added, putting the blame for Patrick Dempsey’s departure a bit on the actor in referencing his “interests outside” of the show.

It's certainly no secret that Dempsey had been unsatisfied with his role for awhile and that he has a passion for racecar driving.

Looking ahead to Grey's Anatomy Season 12, meanwhile, Lee sounded excited:

"We’ve seen the pitch for next season and the show reinvents itself again. [Shonda Rhimes] really is a remarkable showrunner.

"We have no reason to expect that Grey’s Anatomy will not go on for many, many years to come."

Ratings for the long-running series dropped significantly after Derek’s death, but the drama will return on September 24, once again kicking off ABC's powerful Thursday night lineup.

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There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."