Patrick Dempsey recently told Vanity Fair's Italian edition that the upcoming eighth season of Grey's Anatomy is "gonna be my last...I do not know what's going to happen to the other characters, but for me it's done."
We know tempestuous TV romances don't last forever, but please tell us something was lost in translation here!
Hang onto your pacemakers, Grey's fans, because this more-than-rumor is...
So not exactly true!
"He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season and we have no idea what the future holds," Dempsey's rep tells E! News.
Ah, what would actors do without their translators?
So while there's still the possibility that Dempsey will hang up his stethoscope in 2012, especially if Ellen Pompeo packs it in, nothing is set in stone yet.
"No one has asked us to come back after season eight, so I couldn't presume that I'm coming back...if I haven't been invited," Pompeo told TVLine.com last week.
After the Grey in Grey's said last fall that she "probably would not" renew her contract past season eight (what, was the cast not willing to sign past the Mayan apocalypse?), Chyler Leigh--who, of course, plays little sis Lexie Grey--hinted that she would be willing to assume ownership of the titular Anatomy.
"I would totally take that on--if that were to be the case," Leigh said during a Fancast Q&A. "I don't know where Ellen is [on that subject], but that would seem like the logical next step."
Well, it didn't work for Scrubs, but a post- George Clooney ER certainly lived a long and healthy life. Stay tuned!