Grey's Anatomy: Patrick Dempsey Reveals He Helped Kill McDreamy

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It wasn't only Shonda Rhimes' fault!

In a new interview with People, Patrick Dempsey falls on the knife, revealing he and Rhimes worked together to kill off his beloved Grey's Anatomy character, Derek Shepherd.

Derek, In Thought - Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 7

He admits working on Grey's took a toll on his family, and he and Shonda Rhimes sat down together and it was a mutual decision to kill off his beloved character.

"There were a lot of things coming to a head. After a certain period of time, no matter how much money you make, you want control over your own schedule," Dempsey said.

"And I was definitely ready to move on. We were both ready. I stayed a bit longer than I should have," he said.

Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey

At the time, Dempsey was struggling with his marriage and separated from his wife.

"It's scary. It's destabilizing to know you're potentially breaking up your family or that a big section of your life is ending," Dempsey told People.

He wasn't ready to give up on his wife, nor she him.

The extra time seemed to help them find their way back together, and it was needed for "lots of sex," he laughed.

"I'm very grateful for Grey's Anatomy," Dempsey told People exclusively in this week's issue. "It's given me the opportunity to do everything."

"But at the same time, there was a cost."

Jones' Baby

Dempsey's marriage is saved and he's starring in the latest Bridget Jones movie with Rene Zelwegger and Colin Firth, which filmed in England.

Dempsey really enjoyed filming his role, mainly because of the rainy weather.

He said, "I was probably the only person in London enjoying the weather."

As long as this story has a happy ending, does anything else really matter?

Do you forgive Shonda Rhimes just a little bit now that you know Dempsey's side of the story? 

Chat about it in the comments.

Don't forget to be here for the premiere of Grey's Anatomy on September 22 at 8/7c.

If you can't wait until then, you can always watch Grey's Anatomy online and even get a McDreamy fix!

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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."

CRISTINA: "There's a club. The Dead Dads Club. And you can't be in it until you're in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize. But until you feel that loss... My dad died when I was nine. George, I'm really sorry you had to join the club."
GEORGE: "I... I don't know how to exist in a world where my dad doesn't."
CRISTINA: "Yeah, that never really changes."