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McDreamy shocker: He's leaving

Patrick Dempsey at the IZOD GQ party celebrating

Patrick Dempsey at the IZOD GQ party celebrating a Century of Speed, Style and Stars at the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Ind. (May 28, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Here's something I'll bet none of us expected to read after a nice quiet Memorial Day: Patrick Dempsey has told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair that next season will be his last.

Now, perhaps something got lost in the translation, or maybe it was the wine, or the Tuscan hills rolling in the distance, which momentarily distracted Dempsey from saying what all gainfully employed actors of a hit show are supposed to say when asked about the future, which is: "I'm weighing my options."  Nevertheless, here's how Google Translate rendered the relevant quotes:

 This September, the United States, will air its eighth season of Grey's Anatomy.

"It will be my last. I do not know what will happen to the other characters, but for me, it's done."

Relief or regret?

"Feeling bittersweet. In the sense that it was a great story, a part of my life, but could not take it anymore. "

Like I say, the translation is a bit spotty -- Ellen Pompeo, of course, has announced nothing of the sort, and darnnit, the show is called "Grey's Anatomy." after all. What would it be called if she were to go? 'Grey's Exodus?'"

Awaiting confirmation/denial/no comment from ABC... 

Meanwhile, the Wrap had this back-peddling statement: 

"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," the publicist said in a statement released to TheWrap.

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