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Gasp! Is Dempsey Leaving Grey's Anatomy Too?

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Could the revolving cast door on Grey's Anatomy finally be hitting Patrick Dempsey on his cute little butt? Is he leaving the show after five years of TV doctoring?

That's the word on the street this morning after the release of the logline for the next all-new ep of Grey's, airing March 12, which suggests that Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd might not be long for the show: "After learning at a deposition that more of his patients have died than survived, Derek decides to quit."

What the what?

Could Seattle Grace's chief of neurosurgery be heading out the door, following in the footsteps of Burke, Hahn, Sadie and quite possibly Izzie and George?

Here's what I'm hearing...

Everything is gonna be OK.

For one thing, the complete description for the Mer-Der storyline in the next new ep implies that Mer pulls Der out of his funk: "After learning at a deposition that more of his patients have died than survived, Derek decides to quit, even as Meredith refuses to give up on him." Awww...Grey finally gets to be a support system for Shepherd, instead of the other way around!

As for the big picture, an inside source tells me, "[Derek] may be 'quitting' but [he is] definitely not leaving the show. [Dempsey] doesn't want to leave, and they wouldn't let him go anyway."

Hallelujah! Someone at Grey's who actually likes their job! It's a TV miracle, people!

Now, would you even watch Grey's if it didn't have your McDreamy? And who do you think is most likely to leave this cast next? Post in the comments, and take our G.A. "exit poll" below:

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