Newswire: Patrick Dempsey is leaving Grey’s Anatomy, effective…well, already

Shonda Rhimes, ABC’s patron saint of OMG tweets, solidified her reputation for narrative rug-yanking with last night’s Grey’s Anatomy, which confirmed the permanent departure of original cast member Patrick Dempsey. Rhimes wrote the episode, “How To Save A Life,” which chronicles the death of Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd following an auto collision. In it, McDreamy finds himself at the right place at the right time, barely dodging an auto collision between two vehicles and springing into action to rescue the passengers, as Seattle Grace doctors are so often called to do. After his heroics, McDreamy finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time when a semi barrels out of nowhere and broadsides his SUV. No good deed goes unpunished, amirite?

Rhimes’ massive Twitter following went into a tizzy over the death of McDreamy, and by extension, the relationship between Derek and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) which …

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