Jokes aside: Patrick Dempsey, 56, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show and joked about Ellen Pompeo's departure from Grey's Anatomy

Patrick Dempsey is shocked to learn on Kimmel that Ellen Pompeo is leaving Grey’s Anatomy

Patrick Dempsey has reacted to the departure of his former cast member Ellen Pompeo from “Grey’s Anatomy”.

The 56-year-old star was born after Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday what he thought of her exit.

“Did she really? They finally got her,” Patrick joked. “Can you imagine what she would have in her house now after 19 seasons? A full hospital.”

Jokes aside: Patrick Dempsey, 56, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show and joked about Ellen Pompeo’s departure from Grey’s Anatomy

Physician: Before his character's death in 2015, Derek Shepherd was married to Meredith Grey, played by Pompeo

Physician: Before his character’s death in 2015, Derek Shepherd was married to Meredith Grey, played by Pompeo

Dempsey – who worked on the drama series for 12 seasons before his character was written off – is said to have clashed with creator Shonda Rhimes and his co-star Pompeo during his time on the show.

During last night’s show, Kimmel joked, “[Ellen Pompeo’s] leave the show. I don’t know if you heard – she was caught stealing band-aids off the set.”

That’s when Dempsey made his comment.

On the show, the Disenchanted star spoke about the show’s impact on both him and Pompeo.

McDreamy: Although Dempsey's character Derek

McDreamy: Although Dempsey’s character Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd was killed and left the show in 2015, the star occasionally returned to the series to make guest appearances

“It’s amazing – the power of this show and how long it’s lasted and the impact it’s had around the world,” said the star, known as McDreamy.

“It has fundamentally changed my life and that of my family.”

Though his character was killed off and left the show in 2015, the star has occasionally returned to the series to make guest appearances.

As for the impact on his own personal life, he revealed that he “absolutely” receives better medical care in real life.

The handsome doctor: The star told Kimmel that he met doctors who were inspired to pursue medicine as a career after seeing him on Grey's Anatomy

The handsome doctor: The star told Kimmel that he met doctors who were inspired to pursue medicine as a career after seeing him on Grey’s Anatomy

He said he even met doctors who were inspired to pursue medicine as a career after seeing the handsome doctor on screen.

“I met them who said it was because of the show,” Dempsey told Kimmel. “They went through medical school and are now practicing.”

He added: “That’s how long the show has been going on. That’s the best thing about the show.”

Warning: The handsome doctor revealed he

Warning: The handsome doctor revealed he “absolutely” gets better medical care in real life

The loverboy actor expressed his appreciation for a whole new generation of young people who continue to binge-watch the medical drama, which is now streaming on Netflix.

He also spoke to Kimmel about being honored for his work in film and television and being recognized as a Disney Legend at Disney’s 2022 D23 Expo.

His latest film Disenchanted – the sequel to the 2007 film Enchanted – is now streaming on Disney+. Disenchanted takes place about a decade after the first film and follows the main cast’s children.

Dempsey plays Italian racing driver Piero Taruffi in the upcoming film Ferrari. For the film, he bleached his hair to an almost white, platinum blonde color.

The biopic follows the life story of Enzo Ferrari – played by Adam Driver – in 1957 as he prepared to race the thousand miles across Italy.

The film also stars Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon, Jack O’Connell and Gabriel Leone. Ferrari is scheduled to appear in late 2023.

Important statement: Pompeo took to Instagram on Thursday to officially announce that she is retiring from ABC's long-running show Grey's Anatomy

Important statement: Pompeo took to Instagram on Thursday to officially announce that she is retiring from ABC’s long-running show Grey’s Anatomy

Earlier Thursday, Pompeo officially announced her departure from medical drama after 19 seasons.

The 53-year-old actress shared a photo of herself with her 9.8million followers with a heartfelt caption.

“I am infinitely grateful and humbled by the love and support you have shown me, Meredith GRAY and the show over the past 19 seasons!” began the actress.

Farewell: The 53-year-old actress shared a photo of herself with her 9.8million followers with a heartfelt caption

Farewell: The 53-year-old actress shared a photo of herself with her 9.8million followers with a heartfelt caption

The Massachusetts-born entertainer continued, “Even so… none of this… would have been possible without the best fans in the world.”

The mother-of-three wore a mustard yellow turtleneck and her blonde-streaked hair was styled in loose waves.

Ellen continued in her message to her fans, “You are all DRIVERS and you all made the ride so fun and LEGENDARY!!”

Departure: Gray's departure was scheduled for last week's episode when the doctor decided to move to Boston

Departure: Gray’s departure was scheduled for last week’s episode when the doctor decided to move to Boston

“I love you madly and appreciate you immediately,” she assured her devoted fan base, who have liked the post more than 800,000 times to date.

She looked gorgeous in a full face of makeup and large hoop earrings with a neon sign behind her that read ‘All you need is love’.

Pompeo concluded the caption by writing, “This isn’t your first time on the roller coaster… You know the show has to go on and I’ll definitely be back.” With much love and gratitude XoE.’

Grey’s departure was prepared in last week’s episode when the doctor decided to move to Boston.

She announced her decision in an email to hospital staff, which angered Nick (Scott Speedman) for making the move without consulting him.

The episode also revealed that Meredith’s house went up in flames, with the only item salvaged being the post-it with Meredith and Derek’s vows.

Pompeo has starred in the first six episodes of season 19, and the seventh will be the winter premiere, while the eighth is expected to be the season finale.

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