WATCH: Ellen Pompeo Jokes ‘Greys Anatomy’ Doesn’t Need Patrick Dempsey’s ‘Penis’ to be Successful

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“We miss him dearly, but…”

Fans were devastated when Patrick Dempsey‘s character Dr. Derek Shepard was killed off of Grey’s Anatomy. Many fans wondered whether or not the show could continue to be successful with one-half of the show’s main couple effectively gone, but they needn’t have worried at all. In its 12th season, Grey’s is doing as good as it’s ever done, and Ellen Pompeo aka Meredith Grey, wants everyone to recognize how successful the show’s been without its leading man.

During a recent appearance on EllenEllen Degeneres mentioned how well the show has been doing since Dempsey’s departure to which Pompeo replied, “Yeah. It’s amazing how much you get done without a penis.” Before everyone starts labeling Pompeo the new shade queen, she made it clear that Dempsey is very missed, but in the words of Christina Yang, “He is very dreamy, but he is not the sun. You are.”

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