Ellen Pompeo & Patrick Dempsey Extend Their Contracts With ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for Two More Years

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Grey’s Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have signed two year contract extensions with the long-running ABC drama, which will keep the two stars with the show through a twelfth season. While the show has survived many cast changes, it’s difficult to imagine how it would continue without Pompeo, whose character Merdith Grey is the literal Grey in Grey’s Anatomy. Last summer Dempsey made statements that implied he would prefer to devote all of his time to car racing, so his renewal was slightly less anticipated. ABC has not officially renewed the show, but given that it is still one of the top series on the network, these renewals indicate that ABC plans to keep it around for at least two more years.

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