Grey’s Anatomy star Elen Pompeo recently guested on The Ellen Show and dished on the medical drama series that helped give rise to doctor infatuations everywhere.
Host Ellen DeGeneres observed the show to be “doing very, very well” despite a major character’s exit. Patrick Dempsey, who played the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd – and also known as Meredith Grey’s “McDreamy” – left the show at the end of the eleventh season under controversial circumstances.
While he maintains his departure as a career choice, series creator Shonda Rhimes had intimated Dempsey was axed for his difficult behavior on set.
Either way, Meredith seems to be moving on and adjusting to life without Derek…something Ellen Pompeo has gotten to the root of.
“It’s amazing how much you get done without a p-nis!” she exclaimed, much to the audience’s laughter.
But before McDreamy loyalists take offense, Pompeo wasn’t serious in shading her ex partner. In fact, she says she and the others in Grey’s “miss him dearly.”
Pompeo also notes the death of her TV husband as essential in developing the show’s storyline and is what keeps her motivated to play Meredith.
“I think the change is part of the reason why the show goes on so long. I think people tune in to see, ‘What does the show look like now? What is Meredith going to do without Derek?’ I think they get so upset about the change, but change is precisely what everyone always needs to sort of get to the next place. For me, too, it’s, ‘How do I act without him?’ It’s more challenging for me. I’m more invested. I have to work harder to find my groove without my missing part. It keeps me more engaged. I’m more engaged this season than I have been in a long time, because for the fans, I want to make sure the quality stays good.”
Pompeo sent back all the love to her fans, saying, “They’re there for us. I want to be there for them.”