Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 – Patrick Dempsey reflects exit in surprising way

Patrick Dempsey departed “Grey’s Anatomy” more than a season ago, and for the most part, he has remained quiet on the circumstances behind the exit. What seems particularly odd about it is that for some reasons, everyone has kept so tight-lipped about it that it makes the departure seem more scandalous than it probably is.

After all, it ultimately appears as though Dempsey departed mostly just out of a desire to do other things; as a matter of fact, upon reflection he told People Magazine this week while promoting “Bridget Jones’ Baby” that he wishes he had departed earlier:

It had been long enough. It was time for me to move on with other things and other interests. I probably should have moved on a couple of years earlier. I stayed a bit longer than I should have … I think after a certain period of time, no matter how much money you make, you want control out of your own schedule.”

Dempsey also said that he and creator Shonda Rhimes worked together to find the right way to write his character out of the show, and he described the way in which Derek went as “symbolic.”